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Spitzer, a Clinton Fan, Loses Superdelegate Status

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Spitzer, a Clinton Fan, Loses Superdelegate Status

Election 2008

Spitzer, a Clinton Fan, Loses Superdelegate Status

Spitzer, a Clinton Fan, Loses Superdelegate Status

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New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's resignation is bad news for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Spitzer was a superdelegate to the Democratic nominating convention, but only because he was governor. A Democratic National Committee official confirmed that when Spitzer resigned, he lost his superdelegate status, along with his pledged vote for Clinton.

Spitzer's successor, David Paterson, already had superdelegate status as lieutenant governor and has already pledged to Senator Clinton.

But with Spitzer gone, the total number of superdelegates drops to 795, and Clinton's superdelegate margin over Sen. Barack Obama shrinks by one.

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