Question: with Hillary Clinton’s win in Nevada, 53-47, but only squeaking by Bernie Sanders in Iowa and getting spanked by him in New Hampshire, how is it that Clinton has a seven-to-one delegate advantage (502-to-70) over Sanders?
Answer: Because one-sixth of the approximately 4,763 delegates who will be headed to Philadelphia in July to pick the Democratic Party’s nominee are “superdelegates,” beholden to no one, least of all the voters. Seven hundred and twelve of those delegates are “unpledged” and include
20 party leaders (current and former presidents, vice-presidents, congressional leaders and chairs of the DNC (Democratic National Committee);
20 Democratic governors including territorial governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C.;
47 Democratic members of the U.S. Senate, including the “shadow” senator from Washington, D.C.;
193 Democrat members of the U.S. House of Representatives; and
432 elected members of the DNC.
Five hundred and two of them have already said they would vote for Clinton — although it should be noted that superdelegates can change their pledges at any time, especially if Hillary is indicted or if Sanders wins more popular votes.
Liz Shield, writing for PJ Media, calls it a “parallel” election that runs alongside those being conducted in the states. Doing the math, Sanders would have to win nearly 60 percent of all the delegates from the other states where primaries haven’t been held yet in order even to come close to overcoming Hillary’s commanding lead.
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