A single vote has yet to be cast in Nevada and South Carolina, but thanks to superdelegates, Hillary Clinton is already leading Bernie Sanders in both states.
Hillary Clinton has already locked up half the Democratic superdelegates in Nevada and South Carolina before the first votes are cast in either state.
The former secretary of State has won public support from half of South Carolina’s six superdelegates and three of Nevada’s eight superdelegates. Bernie Sanders has secured only one, a Democratic national committeewoman from Nevada.
While Sanders leads Clinton in pledged delegates, Clinton has an overwhelming lead among the superdelegates; more than 360 party leaders have backed her so far, while less than a dozen have backed Sanders.
Some progressive groups have been misleading Democrats about the role of superdelegates aren’t a trick or a plot to steal away the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders. The superdelegate process has been around since 1984 and was a total fiasco in 2008.
The good news for Sen. Sanders is that the superdelegates can change their minds. The Democratic Party is not the Republican Party. Democrats are not openly conspiring to take the nomination away from one candidate. What will happen is that the superdelegates will support whoever is the likely nominee. If Bernie Sanders is the likely nominee, the superdelegates will flip to support him.
Democrats understand that party unity is one of their advantages over Republicans. The superdelegates are not going to fracture the party with a contentious convention fight.
No one, outside of the DNC leadership, likes the superdelegate system. A 2008 commission created at the request of then-nominee Obama recommended that it be gotten rid of, but the DNC rejected the commission’s recommendation in 2010, so we ae set for another cycle of superdelegate drama.
There is a contest within the Democratic primary for the superdelegates, and to her credit, Hillary Clinton is trouncing Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton’s temporary lifeline may not be in a specific state, but the years that she spent organizing the superdelegates.
Even if Clinton loses in Nevada and South Carolina, she is still positioned to stay even or come ahead in the number that matters most. Hillary Clinton could lose the popular vote, and lead in delegates.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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