State Dem Convention: Obama Takes Solid Lead in Delegate Count

    Last weekend, several Democratic congressional district conventions were held to select delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Sen. Barack Obama is holding the delegate lead in Colorado, as expected.The Colorado Democratic Party (CDP) was assigned 70 seats for the Democratic National Convention, which will be in Denver Aug. 25-28. Although state delegates were chosen from their county conventions in March based on the preferences for either Sen. Hillary Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama, the delegates are not bound to their original choice — meaning Clinton and Obama could gain or lose delegates in this final round at the state convention. A survey of presidential preferences at the county assemblies indicated that Obama’s support ran almost 2-to-1 over Clinton.

    The Colorado Democratic Party will hold its state convention and assembly this Friday and Saturday at the World Arena in Colorado Springs. Nearly 10,000 people are expected to attend.

    Colorado Democratic Delegate Count Based on Presidential Preference

    Obama delegates: 19
    Clinton delegates: 12
    Uncommitteed (or undeclared): 39

    Colorado has a total of 70 delegate seats to the Democratic convention.

    *The conventions for the 3rd, 4th and 5th congressional districts will take place May 16 to select 14 national delegates. At the state convention on May 17, the remaining 19 national delegates will be chosen, plus one add-on delegate (the competition is between former Denver Mayor Federico Pe