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Most MT Dem `Super Delegates’ Still Not Tipping Hand

While Bernie Sanders won Montana’s presidential primary on Tuesday and 11 of the state’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention this summer, most of Montana’s “super delegates” are still not revealing who they’ll support.

Only one – Jean Lemire Dahlman of Forsyth – has said who she’ll support at the DNC in Philadelphia next month: Sanders.

Dahlman told MTN News Saturday that she decided some time ago to support Sanders, but wanted to wait until after Montana’s primary election to announce her decision.

Dahlman, the party’s national committeewoman, said she likes how Sanders has engaged young people in the political process.

Yet all five remaining super-delegates from the Montana would not say who they’ll support.

Montana has 27 delegates to the presidential nominating convention – 21 that are divided based on the primary vote and six super-delegates, who are top party officeholders and officials.

Hillary Clinton has already clinched enough delegates to win the nomination next month, including 581 super-delegates. She needed 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination and so far has won the support of 2,784 total delegates.

In Montana, Sanders won 51 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 44 percent. He gets 11 of Montana’s delegates and Clinton gets 10.

Most super-delegates who spoke to MTN this weekend said they’ll decide soon who to support at the convention, and may wait until after the final presidential primary in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Steve Bullock said he would wait until at least after the weekend’s Democratic Party Convention, which chose individual delegates for Clinton and Sanders.

The other super-delegates in Montana are U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, party Chairman Jim Larson, party Vice-Chair Jacquie Helt and National Committeeman Jorge Quintana.

Tester said he’ll be talking to both presidential candidates this weekend and will announce his endorsement “in the coming days.”

About Mike Dennison

MTN Chief Political Reporter Mike Dennison joined MTN News in August 2015 after a 23-year career as a newspaper reporter covering Montana politics and state government. While some may believe that politics are boring, Mike firmly believes that's not the case if you tell the story with pizzazz and let people know why the story is important.
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