The Democratic race for a presidential nominee appears to be coming to an end, with the delegate count favoring Barack Obama. But Buncombe County’s superdelegate is still in a wait-and-see mode.
“I want to see all the shoes drop before I make a decision,” says Carol Peterson, a Buncombe County commissioner who will be a superdelegate at the Democratic Party’s convention in August. “I’m just in no hurry to make that decision.”
The Associated Press reported Tuesday afternoon that Obama had effectively clinched the party’s nomination for president, based on its own tally of convention delegates. Clinton stood ready to concede that her rival had amassed the delegates needed to triumph, the AP reported, citing officials in her campaign who stressed that the New York senator did not intend to suspend or end her candidacy in a speech Tuesday night in New York.
Peterson joins a handful of other North Carolina superdelegates who remain uncommitted, according to the 2008 Democratic Convention Watch Web site. The site lists Peterson, as well as U.S. Reps. Bob Etheridge and Mike McIntyre, Statesville attorney David Parker and Democratic National Committee member Muriel K. Offerman as the other Tar Heel superdelegates who remain uncommitted.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor