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Two Texas Superdelegates: The Love Story

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Two Texas Superdelegates: The Love Story

Election 2008

Two Texas Superdelegates: The Love Story

Two Texas Superdelegates: The Love Story

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As the tight race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton persists, the role of Democratic superdelegates is becoming more crucial. 35 of those superdelegates will come from Texas — and two of those from the same household.

Betty and Boyd Richie, have spent most of their 42 years of marriage in politics. In 1976, Boyd ran for district attorney and won. Two years ago, he was unanimously elected as chair of the Texas Democratic Party.

Betty has also run for office as a state representative — an experience that gives her empathy for what Hillary Clinton is going through.

"It's very difficult, in my opinion, for a woman to be elected in a man's world," she says. "When I was running, people would look at Boyd and say, 'How can you let her and allow her to run? She needs to be in your home!'"

Betty didn't win that election, but she remained active in the Texas Democratic Party which is how she wound up becoming a superdelegate. This will be both her and Boyd's first time serving as superdelegates in a presidential election.

They agree that their superdelegate votes should represent what Texans want, not just what they want. As of yet, they haven't pledged themselves to either campaign.