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We welcome to the circle of superdelegates 2 add-ons from Tennessee:
Vicky Harwell of Pulaski, who is president of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women, and Jerry Lee of Nashville, president of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council.Here's what's interesting. There have been writers at OpenLeft and TPM who have "assigned" the add-ons to each candidate based on who won the state. But I think what happened in Tennessee today shows you can't assume that. Clinton won the primary. And the add-ons? One is leaning towards Clinton, but not quite there, and the other is clearly undecided:
Harwell said after being elected that "at this point, I'm leaning toward Sen. Clinton." Harwell said she had met Clinton personally and found her to be a "dynamic, dedicated Democratic woman."These are the types of add-ons we would see in years when no one cared who the add-ons were: Key bigwigs in state Democratic politics. This is a primary state, and the add-ons were selected by the State Executive Committee, where, I guess, longstanding state political issues and customs probably outweigh the transient pressures of the closest Presidential nomination in decades. For states operating in this way, I don't think we can assume anything about the add-ons in advance.
Lee said he intends to "listen very closely" to both Democratic frontrunners in the coming weeks and then vote at the convention "for the one I think is most electable in November."
The national AFL-CIO has yet to endorse either candidate, though it may do so before the convention, Lee said. The national labor organization's endorsement "would influence my decision," he said.