Democratic Congressman Heath Shuler says he will cast his superdelegate vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton when the Democratic National Convention holds its formal roll-call vote on Wednesday night Aug. 27.
“My superdelegate vote is still the same,” Shuler said Aug. 21 in response to a question posed during his address to the Council of Independent Business Owners in Asheville. “Basically, however the district voted is how I will vote.” In Shuler’s 11th Congressional District, made up of Buncombe and 14 other WNC counties, Clinton bested Barack Obama during this May North Carolina primary. With both candidates clamoring for superdelegate votes, Shuler had pledged to cast his for whomever won the district’s popular vote, even though Obama carried the state.
Obama is letting Clinton delegates voice their support for her in the vote Wednesday, a step that Obama hopes will offer some catharsis and healing after a hard-fought campaign between the two. Clinton has told her delegates to feel free to release their votes to Obama, though reports indicate many will likely stick to their candidate, who ran an historic campaign as the first woman to wage a serious battle for president. Though Clinton is not the first woman to run, no other woman has ever garnered as many votes or won as many primaries as Clinton did.
Though, technically, nothing is set into stone until after the vote, Obama is fully expected to accept the party nomination the following night with a speech at Denver’s INVESCO Field.
— Hal L. Millard, staff writer