No La. delegates to go to Obama challenger
Louisiana won't assign any delegates to a Tennessee lawyer who finished a distant second to President Barack Obama in the state's Democratic primary because he didn't meet the qualifications required. The state Democratic Party says John Wolfe failed to comply with the party's delegate selection plan for the March primary election. He missed deadlines to certify an authorized representative for his campaign in the state and to provide a necessary statement of participation to the state party. Wolfe got almost 12% of the statewide vote. Analysts said he would have earned an estimated three delegates, based on his totals in some congressional districts. Louisiana would have been one of the only states where Democratic delegates would have gone to an Obama opponent. Wolfe didn't return a call for comment from The Associated Press placed to his Chattanooga phone number. Louisiana sends 71 delegates to the Democratic national convention. Sixty-four will be pledged to Obama. Seven "superdelegates" are uncommitted, but they include prominent state party leaders, including chairman Buddy Leach and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who are considered certain to support Obama. Wolfe was one of three little-known challengers to Obama on the March 24 ballot.
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