I keep reading about how Hillary Clinton has the democratic nomination, and even the election, wrapped up. That Bernie Sanders is just delaying the inevitable and should just drop out. Yet; every time I open my email, I have another request for donations from the Hillary Clinton campaign. If the democratic nomination is hers, and she doesn’t have to campaign in order to win; why do I keep getting emails asking for donations? For example:
“Super Tuesday was a very big day for our team. We won 3.5 million votes — that’s more than any candidate in either party. The nomination is within sight, but we can’t underestimate our opponent. The Sanders campaign outraised us by $12 million in February. Let me say that again: The Sanders campaign outraised us by $12 million in February. We saw what happened when they outspent us 3-to-1 in New Hampshire, and we cannot let that happen again. We have four contests in the next four days, and we need to keep competing just as hard as we did on Super Tuesday. Chip in $1 right now, and let’s go get this nomination:”
Maybe it’s because the election isn’t over. There are 35 states, 4 territories, and Democrats abroad, that have yet to vote. And no one has come close to the 2,382 delegate count needed to secure the nomination. The delegate count* is currently:
- Clinton has won: 596. Superdelegates: 457
- Sanders has won 407 Superdelegates: 22
*The delegate count comes from Real Clear Politics. I’ve seen a few other delegate counts. Either they include the Superdelegate count in with the pledged delegates; or they have both Sanders and Clinton’s delegate counts higher than Real Clear Politics.
Here is the Young Turks take on Super Tuesday and the media coverage:
In August 2015 Clinton had this to say when she boasted about already having secured one-fifth of the superdelegates.
“This is really about how you put the numbers together to secure the nomination. As some of you might recall, in 2008 I got a lot of votes but I didn’t get enough delegates. And so I think it’s understandable that my focus is going to be on delegates as well as votes this time.”
NPR reported in November that Clinton had a 45 to 1 Superdelegate lead. That is well before any of the voting happened.
What are Superdelegates? Superdelegates are a delegate to the Democratic National Committee that are seated automatically. They decide whom they want to vote for and are not beholden to any popular vote. Until they vote on the convention floor they can change their mind. Wikipedia has a list of the Superdelegates: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Democratic_Party_superdelegates,_2016
When CNN asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz about Superdelegates, she said:
“The unpledged delegates are a separate category. The only thing available on the ballot in a primary and a caucus is the pledged delegates, those that are tied to the candidate that they are pledged to support. And they receive a proportional number of delegates going into the — going into our convention.
Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists. We are, as a Democratic Party, really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention, and so we want to give every opportunity to grass-roots activists and diverse committed Democrats to be able to participate, attend and be a delegate at the convention. And so we separate out those unpledged delegates to make sure that there isn’t competition between them.”
This is how even though Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire; Hillary Clinton got the majority of delegates once the Superdelegates were counted.
Robert Reich has a petition calling on all Democratic Party Superdelegates to pledge to vote in line with the voters. It can be found here: http://act.democracyforamerica.com/sign/RobertReichSuperdelegates/?source=dfarr160211