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Ohio Superdelegates Support Clinton, With Few Holdouts

Most superdelegates in the Ohio Democratic party have already pledged to support Hillary Clinton at the party’s convention. But a few say they’ll wait until after the Ohio primary on March 15 to decide.

Ohio has 143 delegates to dole out through the Democratic primary, plus 16 superdelegates who can choose whom they'll support.

At least 12 of the sixteen have already pledged their support for Clinton. But former Dayton Mayor Rhine McClin, vice-chair of the Ohio Democratic Party says she and Chair David Pepper won’t decide until Ohioans cast their votes.

“We are waiting until after the March 15 primary, so each democratic presidential candidate has equal access to the Ohio Democratic Party,” she said.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley serves as a superdelegate because of her position on the national Council of Mayors. Her office says she has backed Clinton already. State Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland says she’ll support Bernie Sanders.

The superdelegate process is controversial to some who think that it’s set-up to help establishment candidates. But McClin says they only make up fifteen percent of the overall delegate count.

Clinton and Sanders are about two hundred delegates apart based on the primaries and caucuses. Throw in superdelegates and Clinton has a big advantage, even after Sanders' win in Michigan on Tuesday.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.