News » Citydesk

Super Switch?


Gail Bray, one of the Idaho Democratic Party's five superdelegates, says she has seen a groundswell of superdelegate support leaning for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.

"I think it's tilting towards Obama," Bray said late last week.

Of the five so-called superdelegates Idaho will send to the Democratic Party's national convention in Denver this August, three are already pledged to Obama, including Jeanne Buell, the chairwoman of the Idaho party, and national committeeman Grant Burgoyne and Bray. One of those four, Idaho Democratic Party chairman Keith Roark, has said he intends to remain neutral. A fifth superdelegate will be decided at the convention.

Bray said she's been on the phone with superdelegates like herself from Montana, California, Oregon and Texas in the last week or two, and said "the tide is turning." Obama handily beat Clinton in the Idaho Democratic Party's Feb. 5 caucus.

Obama picked up another Western Democrat last week when Wyoming Gov. David Freudenthal, a former Clinton administration appointee, announced his endorsement of the Illinois senator. Freudenthal followed the recent endorsement of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat who also worked for President Clinton.

"I think we'll start shifting soon," Bray said.