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Saturday, June 04, 2016

 2:22 PM 

Superdelegates Laning, Rae still waiting for primaries to end before backing candidate

Two of Wisconsin’s three unpledged superdelegates aren’t making any commitments on how they’ll vote in Cleveland next month after the party’s activists approved a resolution urging the state’s 10 to split 6-4 for Bernie Sanders.

Now, six superdelegates are backing Hillary Clinton, while one supports Sanders, who won the state’s April 5 primary with 56.6 percent of the vote.

State Chair Martha Laning, one of the three unpledged superdelegates, has said she'll back the party's eventual presidential nominee. Jason Rae, a member of the DNC who also is unpledged, has said he’ll support the candidate with the most pledged candidates going into the national convention.

While saying she wants to listen to her fellow Dems, Laning struck a similar tone on her superdelegate vote today after the resolution was approved. Laning added she wants to allow the rest of the primary process to play out.

In addition to votes this weekend in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, states such as New Jersey and California vote Tuesday.

“Once that process is over, I will make a decision about putting my support behind whoever the nominee is,” Laning said.

Rae, who was up for re-election Saturday, said he had not seen the resolution because he spent the morning campaigning. He also said he wants to let the rest of the primary process play out before making his decision.

“It’s up to each individual person to make their decision for themselves on who the best candidate is,” Rae said.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont, is the third unpledged superdelegate. He announced previously he would not endorse a candidate until after the final state primary.

-- By JR Ross


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