AP survey: Clinton is Pa. superdelegates’ favorite

An Associated Press survey reveals that at least two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s 21 superdelegates to next summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia are supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The AP contacted 17 superdelegates or their surrogates. Of those, 14 said they support Clinton, who has deep family roots in northeastern Pennsylvania, and the other three were uncommitted. None expressed a preference for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont or former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Also, the Pennsylvania superdelegates who were willing to offer opinions about which Republican candidate would be the strongest opponent most often picked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Superdelegates are delegates who can support the candidate of their choice, regardless of what happens in the primaries and caucuses. They include members of Congress, other elected officials and party leaders.

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