Democrat Superdelegates Won’t Hand Bernie The Nomination


( – The Democratic Party’s delegate system is different from the Republicans, as you may remember from the controversies in the 2016 nomination. This year, the party’s super delegates have announced that they are not willing to simply hand the nomination to Senator Bernie Sanders if he does not achieve the number of votes required to win it.

It’s Bernie vs the superdelegates all over again!

In the Democratic National Convention, a number of unpledged delegates known as superdelegates are given the opportunity to decide who to vote for. They make up around 15% of all delegates and they include activists from within the party, elected officials, and other officials. The candidates are free to choose any candidate they like, unlike pledged delegates who are required to vote based on the candidate they are assigned to following a primary or a caucus.

Superdelegates come in to play when there is a brokered convention; a situation whereby no candidate has obtained the necessary number of delegates to win the nomination.

A report from the New York Times found that, if Bernie Sanders fails to receive a majority of the delegates, then the super delegates do not appear willing to hand him the nomination with their support. By interviewing 93 of the top officials within the party, who act as super delegates, the Times discovered that a majority not only believe Sanders will fail to obtain a majority but that they also don’t believe he could win in a presidential election.

For that reason, they won’t hand him the nomination and top up his support at the convention. Just nine of the superdelegates interviewed said that they would vote for Sanders. This leaves the nomination wide open for a completely new contender.

According to Jay Jacobs, the chairman of the New York State Democratic Party and a superdelegate, fellow superdelegates should choose a nominee that they believe has a chance of winning the November election.

This isn’t just bad news for Bernie; it’s cause for concern. It’s also going to rile up his already angry base. Back in 2016, superdelegates were courted by Hillary Clinton earlier on, meaning that, in the end, the early primaries didn’t have any influence. Sanders said the DNC “stole” the nomination from him and many Republicans agree.

The system is working against Bernie, again!