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Illinois Delegate List Finalized

By Kevin Robinson in News on Mar 17, 2008 3:15PM

2008_3_superdelegate.jpgLast Thursday the Illinois State Board of Elections finalized its list of delegates selected in the February 5 primary. For Republicans, it's simple: John McCain has 54 delegates, Mitt Romney has 3. For Democrats, though, the complex rules of their party primary mean that 69 delegates will go to the convention to vote for Barack Obama, and 31 will vote for Hillary Clinton. Also tagging along will be a gaggle of superdelegates, some of whom have committed to a candidate, and others who haven't.

Illinois will also send another 53 at-large delegates to Denver, based on Obama's large margin of victory here, and an additional 32 superdelegates will be sent as well. Those superdelegates may wind up choosing the party nominee if neither Obama or Clinton can win the 2,025 pledged delegates needed to secure the nomination.

Of those superdelegates, only ten are still uncommitted. Politico has a clever (and frequently updated) running tally of Democratic superdelegates and their allegiances. Interesting note: Bobby Rush is in Obama's column (as is - shocker! - Barack Obama). While the vacancy created by John Stroger's death is listed as uncommitted, rumor is that that vote will go unfilled.