Candidates fight over super delegates

Friday, February 22nd 2008, 7:14 pm
By: News 9

By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

Both Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama are fighting for every vote. In the end, the super delegates could decide who gets the nomination.

Oklahoma's eight super delegates can vote for either candidate at the convention, even though Senator Hillary Clinton won the primary.

Both candidates are courting our most influential super delegates.

Governor Henry's phone is ringing a lot these days. Several of the calls are from former President Bill Clinton. He even met with the Governor during a campaign stop for his wife last month.

"He tried to play to my sense of duty which is pretty smart by saying you have some influence, you can really make a difference, and it would be a shame if you didn't make a difference," Henry said.

The Governor is still trying to catch up with Senator Obama.

"Barack Obama and I have missed, actually played phone tag a little bit," Henry said.

Another high profile super delegate, Congressman Dan Boren, is also popular these days.

"I have gotten multiple calls from both campaigns," Boren said.

The attention hasn't swayed Boren yet, he doesn't know how he'll vote.

"My biggest question for both of them is really, what are you going to do for Oklahoma," Boren said. "What are you going to do for my district?  What are you going to do for my people?"

If the super delegates decide to vote according to how Oklahomans voted, 55% of the super delegates would pick Clinton and 31% would pick Obama. 

So far, only two have committed to candidates, one for Clinton, one for Obama. The other six are undecided.

Governor Henry is still unsure about what's best. He's not ready to pledge his support to either candidate. 

The super delegates have plenty of time to make a decision. Altogether, about 795 super delegates will vote at the Democratic National Convention in August.