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As we know, Obama was not on the Michigan ballot, but 55 pledged delegates were elected as Uncommitted in the January 15th primary. While it's assumed that these will end up as Obama delegates, we haven't been able to put the 55 into Obama's column (assuming Michigan gets counted as is - a big assumption). That may change this weekend as the District Level delegates, and 36 of the 55, will get picked:
Thousands of Barack Obama supporters will converge Saturday on union halls, high schools and hotels across Michigan, trying to make sure he gets his share of delegates to the national convention -- even if his name wasn't on the ballot for Michigan's tainted presidential primary.And what the Obama campaign is worried about:
Obama's only remaining obstacle to the nomination -- New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, who was the only major Democratic candidate on the Jan. 15 ballot -- is assured of getting 47 delegates and 13 alternates based on her victory. But the remaining 36 delegates and two alternates are up for grabs. Those delegates represent people who voted Uncommitted in the primary.
As we noted earlier, there may be a movement to keep some delegates as Uncommitted all the way to the convention, although it seems hard to believe that will happen in the face of the campaigns trying to get their own delegates selected. We'll have results here as soon as they're available.
The Clinton campaign has whittled its list of potential delegates to about 150 people, said Brewer. Because the uncommitted delegates didn't have a named candidate to support, that list has not been examined by the Obama campaign.
Some Obama supporters have said they're worried Clinton supporters will try to poach some uncommitted delegates. "But it's highly unlikely that's going to happen," Brewer said. "There's going to be some pretty intense questioning of these candidates."