Tony Avallone, a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, is supporting Barack Obama for president. He said today he made that decision a week before the primary.
Avallone's commitment means that Obama has 6 superdelegates from Connecticut, compared with one for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Five remain unpledged.
Superdelegates are senior party officials whose votes are not bound by primary results. Connecticut has 12 superdelegates and 48 pledged delegates, which will be split 26-22 for Obama based on the primary results Tuesday.
The dozen supers include the state's six Democratic National Committee members: Nancy DiNardo, Stephen Fontana, Ellen Camhi, Martin Dunleavy, John Olsen and Avallone. DiNardo and Olsen are uncommitted, Camhi is with Clinton and Fontana, Dunleavy and Avallone are for Obama.
Congressional Democrats automatically are superdelegates. They are Sen. Chris Dodd and U.S. Reps. John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro and Chris Murphy. Dodd and Courtney are uncommitted. The rest are with Obama.
One unpledged super has yet to be named.
The state could have had a 13th superdelegate: Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, a self-described "Independent Democrat" whose superdelegate status was resolved by his endorsement of Republican John McCain. Democrats endorsing another party's presidential candidate are not eligible.
Lieberman's eligibility to be a super already had been questioned, since he was re-elected as a petitioning candidate in 2006 after losing the Democratic nomination to Ned Lamont.
But Democratic Chair Nancy DiNardo says Lieberman was entitled to superdelegate status, prior to his McCain endorsement. Lieberman remains a registered Democratic voter in Connecticut and a member of the Senate Democratic caucus.
-- Mark Pazniokas