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Squeeze on Wisconsin's super delegates

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The squeeze is on to get the Democratic Convention's super-delegates - the party's big names - to commit to Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton now.

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Wednesday, party leaders urged the members of Congress who are still uncommitted to announce their votes before the final primaries on June 3.

But many refused.

In Wisconsin, five super-delegates are still on the fence - U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl and U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, both D-Wis.; Feingold employee Paula Zellner; College Democrats' official Awais Khaleel of Madison; and Milwaukee state Sen. Lena Taylor.

Feingold says he's leaning toward Obama.

State Democratic Party Chairman Joe Wineke says you'll probably see more super-delegates endorse Obama in the next week.

Hillary Clinton just committed $6 million more of her own money to the race, for a total of $11 million.

Once that's gone, Wineke says Obama supporters will come out of the wood-work.

Clinton made a pitch to super-delegates Wednesday and Obama plans to do the same today (Thursday).

So far, nine Wisconsin super-delegates back Obama, and two back Clinton.

Those people will make up about one of every five delegates at the August convention.

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