BOISE • Two of Idaho’s four superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention announced Thursday they will support Bernie Sanders, who won Idaho’s Democratic caucuses.
The Vermont senator got 78 percent of Tuesday’s vote, compared with 22 percent for former New York senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“I committed to wait to declare until Idaho Democrats had the opportunity to weigh in,” state party Chairman Bert Marley, who is one of the superdelegates, said in a news release. “They have spoken and I agree. Sen. Sanders speaks to me on so many issues from health care to student debt to economic fairness. I am delighted by the energy and passion he has generated here in Idaho. He has earned my support.”
Marley said national committeeman Pete Gertonson is also going to back Sanders. National committeewoman Caroline Boyce announced late last year she was backing Clinton, while party Vice Chairwoman Van Beechler, who was named as part of Clinton’s Idaho leadership team before the caucus, plans to study the candidates for another month before making her decision.
The other 23 delegates to the national convention will be selected at the state convention in June. They are split proportionally, with eight going to the state’s overall winner — Sanders — and the remaining 15 split between the state’s two congressional districts and divided based on the vote totals.
Clinton has a lead on Sanders in terms of delegates, picking up more delegates by winning Arizona than Sanders did with his Utah and Idaho wins on Tuesday.