Hillary Clinton has picked up 87 more superdelegates this week to 11 for Bernie Sanders. The new wave endorsements have powered Clinton to a 481-55 delegate lead according to the AP.
According to the AP, winning primaries and caucuses won’t be enough for Sen. Sanders:
If these delegates to the party’s national convention continue to back Clinton overwhelmingly — and they can change their minds — Sanders would have to win the remaining primaries by a landslide just to catch up. He would have to roll up big margins because every Democratic contest awards delegates in proportion to the vote, so even the loser can get some.
After the initial contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders has a small 36-32 lead among delegates won in primaries and caucuses. But when superdelegates are included, Clinton leads 481-55, according to the AP count. It’s essentially a parallel election that throws Clinton’s lopsided support from the Democratic establishment into stark relief.
Clinton is crushing Sanders in the delegate primary. While pundits and supporters are focused on the popular vote, Hillary Clinton has been cleaning up with delegates. Thanks to her superdelegate advantage, close defeats are as good as victories for Hillary Clinton. South Carolina will award 59 delegates to 43 for the Nevada caucuses, and Clinton remains poised for a double-digit victory in South Carolina.
The Clinton campaign is campaigning hard in Texas with an eye towards the 252 delegates that will be awarded in the Lone Star State on March 1 (Super Tuesday). The Clinton camp is also focused on Georgia (116 delegates) and Virginia (110 delegates) as top Super Tuesday targets.
Unless Bernie Sanders pulls off a big win in Nevada, Hillary Clinton could be poised to go on a big delegate run over the next two weeks.
Bernie Sanders has become a star and a national political leader with his 2016 campaign, but it is Hillary Clinton who is on a steady pace to win the Democratic nomination by piling up delegates. The Democratic primary is about math. While superdelegates can change their minds unless Bernie Sanders keeps winning by a large margin, the math is going to work out in favor of Hillary Clinton.
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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