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su·per·del·e·gate

 (so͞o′pər-dĕl′ĭ-gāt′, -gĭt)
n.
A nonelected delegate to a presidential nominating convention, usually an office-holder or influential party leader, who is not pledged to support any particular candidate.
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superdelegate

(ˈsuːpəˌdɛlɪɡɪt)
n
another name for an unpledged delegate
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su•per•del•e•gate

or su•per-del•e•gate

(ˈsu pərˌdɛl ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt)
n.
a party leader or elected public official chosen as an uncommitted delegate to a national political convention.
[1984]
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