HELENA - Montana Democrats will send a delegation with 17 supporters of presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama and eight backers of Hillary Clinton to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in late August.
Meeting in convention Sunday, Democrats elected eight delegates pledged to Obama and eight to Clinton.
These are in addition to the eight superdelegates - top statewide Democratic elected officials and party officers - who already announced their support of Obama.
The final delegate, Anna Whiting Sorrell, of Lake County, elected as an add-on unpledged delegate, said she would support Obama in Denver. That brings the total Obama delegates to 17.
The election of the 16 pledged delegates was based on results of Tuesday's presidential primary in Montana. Unofficial results showed Obama winning with 102,562 votes or 56.4 percent; Clinton with 75,035 votes or 41.2 percent; and no preference with 4,309 votes or 2.4 percent.
Delegates pledged to Obama are: Kristen Taylor, Gallatin County; Rep. Michelle Reinhart, Missoula; Jason Smith, Lake; Laura McGee, Cascade; Ryan Rusche, Roosevelt; Raphael Graybill, Cascade; Anthony Jackson, Gallatin; and Kathleen Driscoll, Ravalli.
Clinton-pledged delegates are: Rep. Diane Sands, Missoula; Scott Martin, Missoula; Nancy Anderson, Cascade; Carl Donovan, Cascade; Joan Vetter Ehrenberg, Flathead; state Senate Majority Leader Carol Williams, Missoula; Sen. Kim Gillan, Yellowstone; and Rep. Julie French, Sheridan.
All of Montana's eight superdelegates have endorsed Obama.
Superdelegates and their counties are: U.S. Sens. Max Baucus, Lewis and Clark County and Jon Tester of Chouteau, Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Lewis and Clark; former U.S. Sen. John Melcher, Missoula, chairman of a Democratic National Committee senior citizens committee; state Democratic Chairman Dennis McDonald, Sweet Grass; Democratic Party Vice Chair and Rep. Margarett Campbell of Roosevelt; Democratic National Committeeman Ed Tinsley, Lewis and Clark; Democratic National Committeewoman Jean Lemire Dahlman, Rosebud.
Delegates elected to attend the national convention selected Williams without opposition to head the delegation.
Elected as alternate Obama delegates to Denver were: Sen. Larry Jent, Gallatin; and Christina Quijano, Carbon; and Jorge Quintana, Lewis and Clark.
Elected as an alternate Clinton delegate to Denver was Rep. JP Pomnichowski, Gallatin.
In addition, Democrats re-elected Tinsley without opposition to another four-year term as Democratic national committeeman.
Dahlman won a three-way race for re-election for four years as national committeewoman. She received 36 votes to Gillan's 30 votes and six votes for Lisa Thompson of Ravalli County.
Democrats also chose three presidential electors, who will cast Montana's three electoral votes in the Electoral College if Obama wins the state in November. Elected without opposition were: Public Service Commission Chairman Greg Jergeson of Blaine County, Anne Millbrooke of Gallatin; and Chas Jenniker of Silver Bow.