Politics & Government

Could Calif. Obama delegates switch sides?

The Feb. 5 primary votes have long been counted and the delegates awarded, so there's no question that California winner Hillary Clinton will receive 204 pledged delegates and Barack Obama 166 from our state, right?

Not necessarily.

Democratic National Committee rules say pledged delegates "shall in all good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them," but that does not bind them legally to choose the candidate for which they have been designated. In interviews last month, Clinton surprised some when she said so-called pledged delegates are up for grabs even though they are initially awarded on the basis of primary and caucus results. "You know, there is no requirement that anybody vote for anybody. They're just like superdelegates," she said.

That's fueled suspicion among Obama partisans that some of those running to be his delegates may really favor Clinton.

Read the full story at sacbee.com.