Since You Asked: Oregon superdelegates are mum

Who are the Oregon Democratic superdelegates? Which way do you think they are leaning? Have they gotten much lobbying from the candidates?

— Gena G., via e-mail

Superdelegates, as their name implies, are becoming the most powerful Democrats in the country as they will likely choose the Democratic nominee for president because the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is so close.

In Oregon we have 12 superdelegates including party officials and elected officials, but only three have indicated who they will vote for. Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Rep. Darlene Hooley are Clinton supporters and Rep. Earl Blumenauer is backing Obama.

The remaining superdelegates are: Frank Dixon, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, Wayne Kinney, Gail Rasmussen, Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, Jenny Greenleaf, state Democratic Party Chairwoman Meredith Wood-Smith, U.S. Rep. David Wu and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.

And yes, the superdelegates have been courted by both campaigns. They've had breakfast meetings with Obama and private chats with former President Bill Clinton.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to We get so many questions we can't answer them all, but we'll try!

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