WASHINGTON -- A group of approximately two dozen uncommitted Democratic members of Congress will convene Wednesday morning and could emerge with a joint pledge of their votes as superdelegates, according to one organizer.
If they decide to support Barack Obama, it would almost certainly ensure that he has the necessary delegates to clinch the nomination after tonight's concluding contests in Montana and South Dakota.
"We said we were going to wait for the primaries to be done," Representative Bob Brady of Pennsylvania said of the group, which moved up a previously scheduled Thursday meeting by one day.
Today's endorsement of Obama by South Carolina Representative Jim Clyburn, the House Majority Leader, may have accelerated the willingness of legislators to pick a side, according to Brady. "Clyburn came out, and that could give some people cover," he said.
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