Superdelegates v Bernie: Dawn of Injustice

USA —- Superdelegates are representatives chosen by party officials to represent their own interests. They are not obligated to vote for the candidate chosen by the general population. As of now, 469 superdelegates are in support of Hillary Clinton, while Bernie Sanders has the support of 31. In total, Clinton leads Sanders 1,712 to 1,011, including superdelegates.

Matt Rhoades, Mitt Romney’s campaign manager during his unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2012, claimed that the Democratic primary process is “unfair” and “undemocratic”.

“Simply put, Secretary [Hillary] Clinton is still her party’s front-runner because of the Democratic establishment and the arcane, unfair and undemocratic process known as ‘superdelegates’,” Rhoades claimed.

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On March 26, Senator Sanders won three caucus states: Alaska, Washington, and Hawaii. Sanders won in a landslide in all three caucus states and earned 55 delegates, while Clinton earned only 20.

Washington voters are feeling the Bern, and they are urging the state’s superdelegates to do the same.

“A petition ciculated on demands those delegates ‘follow the lead of average Democratic party voters and uphold authentic democracy,’ writes Jim Brunner of The Seattle Times.

The landslide victory in Alaska helped a formerly uncommitted superdelegate to back Sanders.

“I only became the vice chair of the Alaska Democratic Party in January. So I decided to be uncommitted and to encourage the dialog and get people talking,” Larry Murakami told POLITICO.

“In Idaho, Democratic Party chairman Bert Marley, previously an uncommitted super delegate, said he would support the Vermont senator,” writes Daniel Strauss of POLITICO. “Meanwhile, Utah Democratic Party chairman Peter Corroon, another superdelgate who said he would support whoever won his state’s caucuses, is backing Sanders,” Strauss adds.

Some argue, however, that superdelegates have never controlled the outcome of a nomination.

“The purpose of superdelegates — which by the way, have never been a determining factor in who our nominee is since they’ve been in place since 1984 — is to make sure that party activists who want to be delegates to the convention don’t have to run against much better-known and well-established people at the district level,” said South Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Democratic primary election season continues on April 5th as the Wisconsin people cast their ballots.


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