Friday, February 29, 2008

Hillary Losing Black Superdelegates

I posted an article from on this back on February 18 about the intense pressure on African-American superdelegates who committed early for Sen. Hilary Clinton to follow the will of their constituents and support Sen. Barack Obama.

Rep. David Scott (D-GA) did so after the Georgia primary. Just a few days ago Sen. Clinton lost a big one when civil rights warrior Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) announced he was going to listen to his constituents, who voted 3-1 in favor of Sen. Obama and cast his Denver convention vote in support of him.

In my home state a similar dynamic is happening. Texas state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, who has served in the Texas Legislature for 34 years and is chairwoman of the Texas Black Legislative Caucus has announced she is swiching her support to Sen. Obama.

I've had the pleasure of meeting her since she represents a northeast Houston district. While she isn't as well known as Rep. John Lewis, her voice carries weight in the Lege. The effect inside Texas is equivalent to Hillary's loss of Rep. Lewis on a national scale. She's also a candidate to become Speaker of the Texas House to replace the odious Tom Craddick should the Dems get the five seats they need to regain control of the Texas House this November.

The actual election day is March 4, but early voting has been going on since Febraury 18 in record breaking numbers and will conclude today. Sen. Obama according to recent polls has surged to a seven point lead in my home state and is attracting crowds numbering in the thousands at his rallies there.

Sen. Clinton has a major problem right now that's only going to get worse if Sen. Obama sweeps all four primaries being contested on March 4.

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