They are small in number, but superdelegates may have a huge impact on who is the US Democratic presidential nominee, as Jennifer Giroux explains to Rashunda Tramble of ISN Security Watch.
By Rashunda Tramble for ISN Security Watch (08/04/08)
With the US Democratic Party presidential primary race between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama too close to call, attention is now turning to a group within the party called "superdelegates."
These delegates who are more often than not party insiders, could hold the key to who will be their party's contender for the White House in November. In the event of a tie during the vote for the party's presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention later this year, the superdelegates - who are not pledged to either candidate - can cast the deciding votes.
But who are these superdelegates and how are they chosen? ISN Security Watch's Rashunda Tramble spoke with Jennifer Giroux, a visiting researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) who has been following the primary race, to explain the power of the superdelegate.