After six months and 61 contests, the Democratic primary season finally draws to a close Tuesday, but the big question is whether this historic and at times bitter battle for the party’s presidential nomination will also come to a close. Montana and South Dakota hold primaries Tuesday, but there’s much more at stake than just the 31 pledged delegates in those two contests.
Barack Obama is just 42 delegates shy of the 2,118 now needed to clinch the nomination. There are not enough pledged delegates at stake in Montana and South Dakota to put Obama over the top, but a rush of endorsements by the remaining undeclared “superdelegates” could allow him to claim victory when he takes the stage in Minnesota Tuesday evening.
Superdelegates are the approximate 825 Democratic governors, members of Congress, and party officials who each get to vote in the delegate nominating process. Around 200 of them have yet to endorse either Obama or his rival Sen. Hillary Clinton. (Continue Reading…)