Hillary Clinton and the Superdelegates

Hillary Clinton and the Superdelegates



With the polls in full swing and voters everywhere scurrying to vote, they indicate Hillary Clinton would be her own against Donald Trump. According to NBC News, as of May 17, 2016, Hillary Clinton currently holds only a three-point lead over Donald Trump, with Clinton at 48 percent and Trump at 45 percent.

Clinton Maintaining Popular Polling Numbers Over Trump

  • Thus far she has the winning votes in both black and Hispanic races over Trump. The gap being a wide one with 84 percent to nine percent of the black voters and 65 percent to 28 percent of the Hispanic voters.
  • There is a large gender gap between Clinton and Trump. The polls indicate she is favored by women at a 15 point lead.
  • Clinton also holds a 7 point lead over Trump with people who have college degrees.
  • Americans who make less than $50,000 a year also favor Clinton by 20 points.

What about Bernie Sanders?

As it stands, Bernie Sanders has won the last two Democratic primaries and has an excellent chance of adding both Oregon and Kentucky to his victories. However, Clinton is still winning out over Sanders.

According to the “Los Angeles Times,” the reason for this is due to the rules of the Democratic party playbook. What are those rules? Here are some highlights for those who are confused:

  • It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination at the Democratic Party National Convention at the Philadelphia this summer.
  1. Sanders has 1,473 delegates.
  2. Clinton has 2,240 delegates
  3. Sanders has to win upwards of 90 percent of remaining delegates to win over Clinton.

Even with Sanders winning West Virgina with of 51 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 36 it seems Sanders still has an uphill battle after adding in superdelegates, which ended up at a much closer gap of 19 delegates to Hillary Clinton’s 18. So, basically, Sanders is at a one-point lead in this instance.

Superdelegates Should Not Even be a Thing

Why is it that the people’s vote isn’t the only vote that counts? It should be. With that said, analyzing what a superdelegate is appropriate. Who are they?

  • Democratic governors
  • Members of Congress
  • Past presidents and vice presidents
  • Former Chairmen of the Democratic Committee

According to the “Los Angeles Times,” some Democrats feltVice President Hubert Humphrey was forced on the voters in 1968. The Democratic Party then changed the system to give more say to the voters at the grassroots level. In those days, voters had more say so as to who went into a political office.

Unfortunately, with the landslide defeat of George McGovern in ’72 and Jimmy Carter in ’80, the government felt the need to “recalibrate” the system. Meaning the feeling that the wisdom political insiders were needed to balance the playing field. Hence, the superdelegate was born. In this system, the superdelegates have more say so over the people’s vote if they feel they are wiser than the people are in putting in office who they feel is better for the United States.

Even with Clinton’s lead in the polls against both Trump and Sanders, the superdelegates can push whomever they want to the top of the presidential ladder. It seems an unfair balance of power and justice to allow superdelegates to reign on a throne of “we have the last say so,” no matter what the votes of the people say.

Opinion by Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne


The Los Angeles Times: Hillary Clinton keeps losing. So how come she’s winning?
CNN Politics: Changing the superdelegates rules would still leave Sanders behind
NBC News: Hillary Clinton Holds Slim National Lead Over Trump

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