The race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination is drawing to a close, but we’re still hearing about the so-called superdelegates who are free to vote as they wish at the National Convention in Denver. What is rarely discussed is that the pledged delegates – those who have won election to the Convention pledging to vote for one of the candidates on the first ballot – could change their minds, as well.
Missouri Democratic Party Communications Director Jack Cardetti says while that is a possibility, don’t count on that happening. Missouri will send 72 pledged delegates – 36 for Barack Obama and 36 for Hillary Clinton – to Denver, based on the results of the February 5th Super Tuesday Primary. All individuals selected as delegates have been tested for their loyalty to the candidates to whom they are pledged. Missouri is sending 16 superdelegates to Denver.