God, Politics and Rock 'n' Roll: Beware the Superdelegates!
Excerpted from this post at God, Politics and Rock 'n' Roll
Superdelegates are elected officials and prominent party activists who
do not have to reflect the will of the people in choosing who they
support in a presidential nomination contest. In the Democratic Party,
there are 796 such delegates out of 2,025 delegates needed to secure
the nomination. On the Republican side, 463 "unbound" delegates exist
among the 1,191 needed to win the race. In an extremely close race,
they have tremendous power. At the moment, superdelegates give the
edge to Clinton, staking her to an overall lead in delegates though
Obama has won more delegates in primaries and caucuses.