Richmond Mayor Says DNC Could Be In Trouble

February 18, 2008

(AP) Richmond Mayor Douglas Wilder says there could be big trouble at the Democratic National Convention if superdelegates choose a presidential nominee who did not win the most popular votes.

Wilder supports Illinois Senator Barack Obama, and said Sunday on the CBS program "Face the Nation" that there would be chaos if the superdelegates try to change the outcome.

He said the scene at the Democrats' August convention in Denver could be worse than the unrest at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, where Vice President Hubert Humphrey vied for attention as police clashed with protesters of the Vietnam War.

Superdelegates are the 796 Democratic insiders, such as governors, members of Congress and members of the Democratic National Committee, who will cast nearly one-fifth of the delegate votes at the convention.

They are not bound by their state's popular vote and may support the candidate of their choice.

Superdelegates might come into play because Democrats already have voted in 34 states, and Obama and Clinton still are locked in a tight battle.

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