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March 26, 2008 12:36 PM

Cantwell could reconsider Clinton support, Murray holds steady

Posted by David Postman

Washington’s U.S. senators remain superdelegates for Sen. Hillary Clinton. But that could change depending on how the race between Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama looks this summer.

Sen. Maria Cantwell told The Columbian’s editorial board this week that she will reconsider her support in late June and look to see which Democratic presidential candidate has the most pledged delegates.

“I definitely don’t want the super delegates to be the deciding factor,” she said.

“If we have a candidate who has the most delegates and the most states,” the Democratic party should come together around that candidate, Cantwell said. The pledged delegate count will be the most important factor, she said, because that is the basis of the nominating process.

Cantwell’s staff confirmed that to The Stranger’s Eli Sanders.

Sen. Patty Murray, though, is expressing no less support for Clinton today than when she endorsed her in January. Murray spokeswoman Alex Glass said that Murray was asked about her super delegate status at a meeting yesterday with The News Tribune’s editorial board. (A conversation the board does not seem to have commented on yet.)

Murray, Glass said, believes Clinton knows Washington state issues best. “That was very much the basis of her endorsement and that hasn’t changed,” she said.

Murray hopes the nomination will be decided before this summer’s national convention and “thinks there is still quite a bit of this process in front of us.”

MORE: What about superdelegate and key Clinton supporter Ron Sims? Sanders heard him on the radio today and says

Bottom line: He’s wavering.

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