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An uncommitted Nebraska Democratic superdelegate said Friday she'll award her national convention presidential vote to the candidate whose caucus supporters participate to a greater degree as registered Democrats in the May 10 primary election.

"I will cast my first-round vote at the national convention for the candidate who has the highest percentage of caucus attendees who vote in the primary and have remained registered Democrats," she said.

"I am just trying to use my delegate status in a way that will help all Democrats in the primary," Maureen Monahan of Omaha said.

"We need all the Democrats who participated in caucus to vote in the primary, too," she said in an email announcing her decision.

Monahan is vice chairwoman of the Nebraska Democratic Party and holds a superdelegate vote at the party's national convention in July as a result of her party office.

"I have a duty to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot," she said.

Many primary contests are nonpartisan races, Monahan noted, including those for Legislature. The two candidates who gather the most votes in the primary move on to the general election without regard to party affiliation.

"If Democrats don't vote in the primary, there might not be many Democrats on the ballot in November for these very important local positions," Monahan said.

"I will cast my first-round vote at the national convention for the candidate who has the highest percentage of caucus attendees who vote in the primary and have remained registered Democrats," she said.

After the primary, the Secretary of State will have information from the caucus and the primary that will help Monahan make her decision based on her criteria.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont defeated Hillary Clinton in Nebraska's Democratic caucus last month, gathering 57 percent of the vote.

Sanders emerged with 15 committed delegates compared to 10 committed to Clinton.

However, three of Nebraska's five superdelegates committed their support to Clinton prior to the caucus, leaving Sanders with a narrower 15-13 advantage.

Already in Clinton's camp are Rep. Brad Ashford of Omaha, National Committeewoman Patricia Zieg of Omaha and National Committeeman Ron Kaminski of Omaha.

Democratic State Chairman Vince Powers of Lincoln remains uncommitted.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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