As One Utah Superdelegate Goes to Obama, Another Wavers

Barack Obama was endorsed today by Utah Democratic Party chair Wayne Holland, meaning that the state’s committed superdelegates are, as

Barack Obama was endorsed today by Utah Democratic Party chair Wayne Holland, meaning that the state’s committed superdelegates are, as of now, split between the Democratic candidates. (Obama and Hillary Clinton each have two.)

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But the Clinton-committed superdelegates are keeping their options open.

One, Helen Langan, told me in a phone interview just now that she’s still “in the Hillary column.” But, she said, “I have an open mind. I’m watching the pulse of the country, listening to folks from both sides.”

Langan, whose state went overwhelmingly for Obama, said that there existed different scenarios under which her allegiance might change. The simplest would be if Clinton dropped out before the convention, at which point, she said, she’d have no problem supporting Obama. But if Clinton stays in and fights on to the convention, as she has said she would, there were “a thousand different hypothetical situations” that might prompt Langan to switch.

I asked what she’d do if Obama ended up with the most pledged delegates, the most votes and the most contests won.

“I remain committed to Hillary,” Langan said. “But I’m certainly keeping an open mind about those factors.”

As One Utah Superdelegate Goes to Obama, Another Wavers