A new day in Democratic politics... The not so super delegates
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Excerpt: Democratic Party leaders have now acted to limit their own high-profile roles in choosing presidential nominees.
In 2020, superdelegates group won't be able to vote on a contested first presidential ballot at the party convention.
The changes come after two years of negotiations stemming from the bitter nominating fight in 2016 between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
Hot Take: Long before Peter Strzok was a household name, before the Comey show, before anyone outside of Washington had heard of Fusion GPS and even before President Obama said Russian meddling wasn’t an issue for the 2016 elections – the scandal in Democratic politics came down to super-delegates.
The bottom line is that Hillary Clinton didn’t win enough delegates from voters to clinch the nomination for President and couldn’t have done it without her bevy of superdelegates.
Without getting too into the weeds about the specifics of the Democrat’s 2016 Presidential nomination process once again... Hillary Clinton came up 177 delegates short of winning the party nomination for voters prior to the convention. She managed to win just 54% of the non-super delegates head to head with Bernie Sanders but magically managed to be credited with 93% of all of the Democrats “superdelegates”, which weren’t tied to voters and allowed her to cruise to the nomination at the convention. This was all part of the alleged “fixing” of the primary that Sander’s supporters railed about. What Democrats did over the weekend was to leave the superdelegate model in place but only to count those votes only after an initial vote at the convention if a winner still hasn’t emerged.
It’s unclear what the impact on the 2016 process would have been had this rule been in place but it’s at least 50% more “Democratic” than their previous process.