The idea is that the fewer Kerry voters per pledged delegate
, the better represented state Democrats are at the convention.
The former first lady trails her rival from Illinois in the pledged delegate
count, but neither can win enough backers to clinch the Democratic nomination without convention backing from the nearly 800 superdelegates.
Santorum has nearly twice as many pledged delegates
The emergence of pledged delegates
meant a loss of control for party bosses, it also stripped the conventions of their main bit of political theatre : the repeated roll call votes often required to find a candidate the bosses could agree on.
While the "superdelegates" may have their preferences, they are not pledged to any candidate and are free to vote at the convention for or against the candidate who has won the most pledged delegates
in the primaries and caucuses.
Since almost 800 superdelegates vote at their own discretion, only winning an overwhelming majority of pledged delegates
secures the nomination independently of superdelegates.
Obama has won a majority of the pledged delegates
, but still needs some superdelegate support in the coming days to clinch the nomination.
Mrs Clinton's camp insisted Mr Obama should not get any pledged delegates
in Michigan and she should get 73 pledged delegates
with 55 uncommitted.
Still behind in pledged delegates
and in the national popular vote, Clinton has unabashedly called on Hoosiers to give her a game-changer today .
NEW YORK -- Barack Obama crossed another threshold in his march toward the Democratic presidential nomination late on Tuesday, splitting a pair of primaries with Hillary Rodham Clinton and claiming a majority of the pledged delegates
at stake in the long nomination battle.
Barack Obama to victory in the Beaver State last night, bringing him the majority of pledged delegates
and within reach of clinching the Democratic nomination for the president of the United States of America," said Change to Win executive director Greg Tarpinian.
But there is no groundswell of public pressure for her to quit the race, despite trailing the Illinois senator in pledged delegates
, popular vote and now super delegates.