How a Candidate Becomes Party Nominee
By Gabriel Davila
Senator Bernie Sanders announced on March 17 that he is seeking further support from superdelegates. The score of superdelegates between him and Hillary Clinton thus far is 467 to 26.
Superdelegates can freely vote for their preferred nominee, unbound by the will of the voters—and if a nominee they think is terrible for the party is close to securing the nomination, they can conceivably throw their weight behind an alternative, NewsRepublic reported.
Bustle reported that 712 out of the 4,051 total amount of delegates within the Democratic party are superdelegates.
Since Clinton has the support of 467 superdelegates, her campaign can steadily grow in support. Sanders, on the other hand, garnered support from young voters but lacks the support Clinton has.
For the Democratic party, the role of superdelegate is relegated towards current governors, senators, representatives of Congress, city mayors and state lawmakers.
Previous presidents, vice presidents, House speakers, Senate leaders, President Obama, and members of the Democratic National Convention also encompass the superdelegate role.
NewsRepublic quoted the late democratic party politician, Geraldine Ferraro, “Superdelegates were, and are, expected to determine what is best for our party and best for the country.”
Since superdelegates choose Clinton over Sanders, supporters of Sanders and progressive party members pushed one message towards the undecided superdelegates, “wait until all the votes are counted before throwing support behind a candidate,” Politico reported.
Support from superdelegates could raise Sander’s chances at a better campaign, a possibility of an even playing field between him and Clinton.
Twenty-six superdelegates behind Sanders is incredibly small in comparison to the 467 Clinton has.
The current situation between the two democrats is reminiscent of Clinton’s run against President Obama back in 2008, where she had less superdelegate support than Obama and dropped out of the race. Now, the position is reversed.
“I don’t want to speculate about the future and I think there are other factors involved,” Sanders in an MSNBC interview.
“I think it is probably the case that the candidate who has the most pledged delegates is going to be the candidate, but there are other factors.”
Besides further support from superdelegates, Sanders needs to gain further momentum leading up to the Philadelphia Convention in July.
Right now, Sanders won 8 states while Clinton won 12. While their campaigns continue westward, there will no doubt be Sanders supporters and if the number of supports is significant, then Sanders still has a chance.
“If Hillary Clinton wins the most popular delegates, she will be the party nominee,” said Shane Ryan of Paste Magazine.
“If Bernie Sanders wins the most popular delegates, he will be the party nominee.”
Despite the limited amount of coverage that Bernie Sanders receives, it does not change his campaign via social media and how his videos can reach a wide audience.
Superdelegates place weight on Clinton because she does not present a conflict of interest, Sanders, as a democratic socialist, does.