Contests « Setting the Stage: Memo, Release,
Statement in Advance of the June 7 Contests
Republican National Committee
To: Interested Parties
From: Sean Spicer, RNC Chief Strategist and Communications Director
RE: 2383 Or Bust
Date: June 5, 2016
“They shouldn't be included in any count on primary or caucus night.”
That’s what DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda said about superdelegates back in April.
While Hillary Clinton will try to claim she’s the presumptive nominee, it’s worth remembering the DNC has been adamant that superdelegates don’t officially count toward a candidate’s pledged delegate total until they vote at the convention in July. That means according to the DNC’s own rules, if Hillary Clinton doesn’t hit 2383 pledged delegates after Tuesday’s contests, any attempts to anoint Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee will be premature.
Hillary Clinton’s nomination is not a done deal. A lot can change in 48 days, especially when the candidate who has the support of many of these unelected party bosses is still under investigation by the FBI.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said superdelegates are “free to decide [who to vote for] anytime up until July.” If Hillary is short the 2383 pledged delegates on Wednesday morning, will the DNC violate its own rules and declare Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee without her having officially crossed the delegate threshold? If the media tries to declare Clinton the presumptive nominee, will the DNC vocally stand up for Sanders’ supporters or will they break their own rules and let Clinton push a false narrative?
If the DNC says Clinton is the presumptive nominee, it will indicate the DNC doesn’t want to give superdelegates who might be getting hot under the collar over Hillary’s legal woes an opportunity to change sides, especially with Sanders still nipping at her heels in the overall delegate count.
Declaring Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee will further expose an already unfair superdelegate system as an anti-democratic and rigged method of choosing a nominee, one that looks utterly hypocritical in light of constant misleading Democrat rhetoric about being the party of enfranchising voters. And it only makes sense superdelegates should have to wait until the convention to cast their vote. Democrats are the so-called champions of voting rights, right?
And what if Bernie wins big on Tuesday?
Sanders is only 268 pledged delegates behind Clinton. With 694 pledged delegates at stake during the final contests, Bernie still has a puncher’s chance to overtake her in the pledged delegate lead before the convention in Philadelphia next month. Will superdelegates hypothetically pledged to Clinton be willing to swing the nomination from the voters’ choice to the Democrat establishment’s choice in Philadelphia?
And let's not forget there are many states out there Bernie Sanders won but superdelegates bucked the will of the people (Michigan, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Indiana, Utah, West Virginia). Should those party insiders do the right thing and support Sanders just like their constituents, perhaps Clinton’s claimed lead isn’t really what it seems.
The multitude of Sanders supporters who are upset about the rigged superdelegate system have pledged to make their voice heard at the Democrat convention. 74-year old Bernie Sanders is the oldest candidate in the race. But he could be a comeback kid this Tuesday.
June 6, 2016
The Un-Democratic PartyThe Democrat Establishment's Rigged System Is Setting The Stage For A Clinton Coronation
- With the Democrat establishment circling the wagons on the coronation of Clinton on Tuesday, Sanders is not backing down on his criticism of the "rigged" democrat system.
- A Clinton victory by superdelegates alone will only add fuel to the fire among an angry democratic base.
- The superdelegates have kept their support with Clinton, despite her sometimes double digit losses time and time again in primaries and caucuses across the country.
- Sanders has publicly vowed to stay in the race through the July Democrat convention in Philadelphia, spawning fears of unrest among establishment Democrats.
- At state Democrat conventions, there have been several moves and protests to reject the superdelegate system.
In April 2016 DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda Said Superdelegate Counts Should Not Count In Delegate Projections Because They Can Change Their Mind Prior To The Convention. DNC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR LUIS MIRANDA: “The reality is, is that 85 percent of the delegates at the convention are selected by the results of the primaries and caucuses so the voters themselves are the biggest factor in who becomes the nominee. Superdelegates, I think one of the problems is the way the media reports it. Any night that you have a primary or caucus, the media lumps in superdelegates that they have pooled because they called them up and say, who are you supporting? They don't actually vote until the convention. And so, they shouldn't be included in any count on primary or caucus night because the only thing you're picking on primary and caucus nights are the pledged delegates based on the vote.” TAPPER: “When we do our totals, do you think it's OK to include?” MIRANDA: “Not yet, because they're not actually voting and they're likely to change their minds.” (CNN’s “The Lead,” 4/28/16)
Clinton Currently Has The Support Of 544 Superdelegates, Sanders Only Has The Support Of 46. "Clinton currently has 2,313 total delegates -- 1,769 of which are pledged and 544 of which are superdelegates -- and she is expected to cross the 2,383-delgate threshold in the next few days to clinch the nomination. But Sanders, who has 1,501 pledged delegates and only 46 superdelegates, says he can still woo enough of her superdelegates between now and the Democratic convention in July to swing the nomination his way." (Eugene Scott, "Sanders: 'The Democratic National Convention Will Be A Contested Convention,'" CNN, 6/4/16)
- Superdelegates Are "Unpledged Party Leaders And Elected Officials…" "Then there are the so-called Democratic "superdelegates" or unpledged party leaders and elected officials, which could wind up being Hillary Clinton's saving grace if Bernie Sanders continues to be as strong as he has been so far. In New Hampshire, for instance, Sanders trounced Clinton by more than 20 percentage points, and yet he wound up with 15 delegates and she wound up with 14. These superdelegates include members of Democratic National Committee and of Congress - and they overwhelmingly favor Clinton." (Adam C. Smith, "Meet Florida's Hillary Clinton-Friendly Democratic Superdelegates," The Tampa Bay Times , 2/12/16)
For Clinton "Winning Via Super Delegates Isn't A Great Outcome" As It Could Convince An "Already Angry Base" That The "System Is Rigged…" "Winning via super delegates isn't a great outcome for Clinton because it could leave the already angry base even more convinced that the system is rigged against them." (Annie Linksey And Tracy Jan, "After N.H., Supporters Fear Clinton Is Out Of Touch," The Boston Globe , 2/11/16)
"Sanders Supporters Have Become Increasingly Convinced That National Democrats Have Stacked The Political Deck With Rules That Have Made It Difficult For Sanders To Win Enough Delegates To Threaten Clinton's Nomination." "Much like their view that the economy has been 'rigged' to benefit the wealthy more than the middle and working classes, Sanders supporters have become increasingly convinced that national Democrats have stacked the political deck with rules that have made it difficult for Sanders to win enough delegates to threaten Clinton's nomination." (Abby Phillip and Anne Gearan, "DNC To Offer Sanders A Convention Concession," The Washington Post , 5/19/16)
- CNN Headline: "Bernie Sanders, Democratic Establishment Battle Boils Over" (Chris Moody, "Bernie Sanders, Democratic Establishment Battle Boils Over,"CNN, 5/18/16)
Sanders Has "Done Little To Dissuade" His "Most Loyal Supporters" That The "System Is Rigged, Setting Up A Collision Course For Democrats." "Yet Sanders' most loyal supporters are now convinced the system is rigged, setting up a collision course for Democrats. He has done little to dissuade them." (Jeff Zeleny, "Bernie Or Bust: Sanders Supporters Vow To Hold Out," CNN, 6/1/16)
Sanders Has "Publicly Vowed To Take His Fight To Philadelphia, Something That Could Deprive The Party Of A Critical Month Of Healing And Has Spawned Fears Of Unrest…" "Senators and aides say they've felt reassured after recent discussions with Sanders and his advisers that he won't be a destructive force once voting concludes in mid-June. But Sanders has publicly vowed to take his fight to Philadelphia, something that could deprive the party of a critical month of healing and has spawned fears of unrest at the July nominating convention." (Manu Raju, "Democrats Weigh How To Nudge Sanders Out," CNN, 6/3/16)
SANDERS HAS BEEN WINNING IN PRIMARIES, STATE AFTER STATE, BUT DEMOCRAT INSIDER SUPERDELEGATES ARE ALLOWING CLINTON TO WALK AWAY WITH MORE DELEGATES
Clinton's "Final Firewall" Are Democrat Superdelegates. "Dunn noted that Clinton has structural advantages beyond her popularity among African-Americans and Hispanics. Call it the final firewall: Clinton already has the support of more than half of the so-called super delegates." (Annie Linksey And Tracy Jan, "After N.H., Supporters Fear Clinton Is Out Of Touch," The Boston Globe , 2/11/16)
In The Washington State Caucuses, Sanders Won By A Landslide, But Clinton Emerged With All Of The States' Superdelegates
In The Washington State Caucus, Sanders Won 73% Of The Vote, But Clinton Emerged With All Of The Sta te's Ten Superdelegates. "Mr. Sanders expressed frustration that Mrs. Clinton had won superdelegates even in states where he won the primary. In Washington State, where he won almost 73 percent of the vote, Mrs. Clinton has 10 superdelegates while he has none." (Yamiche Alcindor, "Bernie Sanders Says Superdelegates Should Follow Voters' Will In Landslide States," The New York Times' First Draft , 5/1/16)
Following The Caucus Results, Sanders Supporters "Aggressively" Demanded That Superdelegates "Line Up With The State Caucus Results And Abandon Support For Hillary Clinton." "Supporters of Bernie Sanders are aggressively demanding Washington's Democratic superdelegates line up with the state caucus results and abandon support for Hillary Clinton." (Jim Brunner, "Bernie Sanders Backers Slap Superdelegates With Ultimatum To Ditch Hillary Clinton,"The Seattle Times , 3/29/16)
Local Sanders Activists Threatened To Protest Unless The Superdelegates "Fall In Line Behind The Caucus Vote…" "If superdelegates don't fall in line behind the caucus vote soon, some local pro-Sanders activists say, they'll begin protests." (Jim Brunner, "Bernie Sanders Backers Slap Superdelegates With Ultimatum To Ditch Hillary Clinton,"The Seattle Times , 3/29/16)
In The Colorado Primary, Sanders Won 59% Of The Popular Vote, But Clinton Emerged With All Of The States' Superdelegates
In The Colorado Primary, Sanders Won 59% Of The Vote, And Clinton Emerged With All Of The States' Ten Superdelegates. "In Colorado, Mr. Sanders won 59 percent of the vote, but again Mrs. Clinton has 10 superdelegates from that state and he has none." (Yamiche Alcindor, "Bernie Sanders Says Superdelegates Should Follow Voters' Will In Landslide States," The New York Times' First Draft , 5/1/16)
Colorado Democrat Superdelegates Faced "Pressure To Support Bernie Sanders After He Easily Won The State's Presidential Preference Poll, But All Are Remaining Committed To Hillary Clinton." "Three top Democratic superdelegates in Colorado are facing pressure to support Bernie Sanders after he easily won the state's presidential preference poll, but all are remaining committed to Hillary Clinton." (John Frank, "Colorado Democratic Superdelegates Face Pressure To Support Bernie Sanders," The Denver Post , 3/28/16)
Colorado Democrat Superdelegate Manny Rodriguez Received A "Lot Of Threatening Letters" In Recent Months. "Superdelegate Manny Rodriguez says he's been getting a lot of 'lot of threatening letters, threatening e-mails' in recent months. Rodriguez represents Colorado on the Democratic National Committee -- a position he had to run for within the party -- which automatically makes him a superdelegate. A Clinton supporter since her first presidential run in 2008, Rodriguez sees superdelegates as looking out for the good of the party as a whole." (Megan Verlee, "Colorado 'Berners' Meet The Democrats' Superdelegates And Come Away Sour," Colorado Public Radio, 3/14/16)
In The New Hampshire Primaries, Sanders Crushed Clinton By Over 22 Points, But Clinton Emerged With More Superdelegates
In The New Hampshire Primaries, Despite "Getting Trounced By More Than 22 Points", Clinton Won 15 Total Delegates To Sanders 13 After All The Superdelegates Went For Clinton. "Against all common sense, Hillary Clinton received more delegates from New Hampshire despite getting trounced by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by more than 22 points Tuesday … With 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday Sanders won 13 delegates in New Hampshire. Clinton was awarded nine delegates based upon her 38 percent vote share. But because of the support of the six superdelegates, Clinton leaves the Granite State with 15 total delegates in her column." (Chuck Ross, "Will Hillary's Democratic Establishment Superdelegates Back Bernie Now?" The Daily Caller, 2/10/16)
Sanders "Landslide" Victory In New Hampshire He Has Only Gotten Him The Support Of On New Hampshire Democrat Superdelegate. "Sanders dominated the pledged delegate category in New Hampshire, 15-9, and he won the New Hampshire Democratic primary over Clinton in a landslide, 60 percent to 38 percent ... According to a state Democratic Party spokesman, in late April, six of the eight superdelegates were certified as supporting Clinton, and Fuller Clark was certified as supporting Sanders, in accordance with the article in the Call for the Convention." (John DiStaso, "NH Democratic Superdelegate Martha Fuller Clark Backs Bernie Sanders," WMUR, 6/2/16)
In The Wyoming Caucuses, Sanders Beat Clinton By Double Digits, But Left The State With Zero Superdelegates
In The Wyoming Caucuses, Sanders Won By An "Impressive 12 Percentage-Point Margin ," But Clinton Won 11 Of The States 18 Total Delegates Due To Super Delegates. "The Vermont senator took Wyoming by an impressive 12 percentage-point margin in statewide caucuses, beating Hillary Clinton 56-44 percent. But under the Democratic Party's oddball delegate system, Sanders' winning streak - he has won seven out of the past eight contests - counts for little. In fact, despite his win, he splits Wyoming's 14 pledged delegates 7 to 7 under the caucus calculus. Clinton, meanwhile, also gets the state's four superdelegates - who had already pledged their allegiance to her in January. So despite 'losing,' she triumphs 11-7 in the delegate tally." (Aaron Short and Mary Kay Linge, "Rigged Race Meas Hillary Takes More Delegates In Bernie's Wyoming Win," The New York Post, 4/9/16)
- All Four Of Wyoming's Superdelegates Had Pledged Their Support For Clinton Ahead Of The Caucuses. "Early indications suggested that Sanders and Clinton would emerge with seven of these 'pledged' delegates each. Clinton had earlier received endorsements from all four of the state's so-called 'superdelegates.'" (Dan Roberts and Lauren Gambino, "Bernie Sanders Takes Wyoming Caucus But Hillary Clinton Picks Up Delegates,"The Guardian , 4/10/16)
The Guardian Headline: "Bernie Sanders Takes Wyoming Caucus But Hillary Clinton Picks Up Delegates" (Dan Roberts and Lauren Gambino, "Bernie Sanders Takes Wyoming Caucus But Hillary Clinton Picks Up Delegates,"The Guardian , 4/10/16)
In The Wisconsin Primary, Sanders Won With 57% Of The Vote, But The Majority Of The States' Superdelegates Are Still Backing Clinton
Fox 6 Headline: "Bernie Sanders Nets Only Four Delegates For 13-Point Wisconsin Primary Win" (Theo Keith, "Bernie Sanders Nets Only Four Delegates For 13-Point Wisconsin Primary Win," Fox 6, 4/6/16)
- Despite Sanders' "Convincing 13-Point Win Over" Clinton, Sanders Got 48 Wisconsin Delegates To Clinton's 44. "Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders did not gain much ground on Hillary Clinton despite a convincing 13-point win over the frontrunner in Wisconsin's primary Tuesday. Sanders will get 48 Wisconsin delegates to Clinton's 44, according to a final delegate tally from the Wisconsin Democratic Party plus superdelegates who have committed to a particular candidate. Sanders won the delegate count based on Tuesday's results, 48-38, making gains for his statewide win and strong results in Madison, the Milwaukee suburbs, and western Wisconsin. Yet six of Wisconsin's 10 superdelegates -- who don't have to follow the primary results -- have already committed to Clinton. Sanders has no Wisconsin superdelegates. The remaining four haven't committed." (Theo Keith, "Bernie Sanders Nets Only Four Delegates For 13-Point Wisconsin Primary Win," Fox 6, 4/6/16)
Six Of Ten Wisconsin Superdelegates Are Still Backing Clinton, Despite Sanders Winning 57% Of The Vote In Their Primary. "Bernie Sanders won Wisconsin's primary in April with 57 percent of the vote, but six of Wisconsin's 10 superdelegates say they back Hillary Clinton. One backs Sanders and three say they're undecided. Sanders' supporters say superdelegates should vote according to the popular vote." (Andrew Lacombe, "Wisconsin Democrats Prepare For Convention Superdelegate Debate," Fox 11, 6/2/16)
- Six Of The Ten Wisconsin's Democrat Superdelegates Had Already Committed To Clinton Ahead Of The Primary. "Yet six of Wisconsin's 10 superdelegates -- who don't have to follow the primary results -- have already committed to Clinton. Sanders has no Wisconsin superdelegates. The remaining four haven't committed." (Theo Keith, "Bernie Sanders Nets Only Four Delegates For 13-Point Wisconsin Primary Win," Fox 6, 4/6/16)
In Maine Sanders Was Victorious But Emerged With Fewer Superdelegates Than Clinton
Sanders Won The Popular Vote In Maine, But Emerged With Fewer Superdelegates Than Clinton. "Mr. Sanders expressed frustration that Mrs. Clinton had won superdelegates even in states where he won the primary. In Washington State, where he won almost 73 percent of the vote, Mrs. Clinton has 10 superdelegates while he has none. In Colorado, Mr. Sanders won 59 percent of the vote, but again Mrs. Clinton has 10 superdelegates from that state and he has none. Sanders aides handed out a list showing similar situations in states like New Hampshire, Kansas and Maine where he won more votes but has fewer superdelegates than his rival." (Yamiche Alcindor, "Bernie Sanders Says Superdelegates Should Follow Voters' Will In Landslide States," The New York Times' First Draft , 5/1/16)
Bangor Daily News Headline: "Big Sanders Win In Maine Does Not Flip State's Clinton Superdelegates" (Chistopher Cousins, "Big Sanders Win In Maine Does Not Flip State's Clinton Superdelegates," Bangor Daily News , 3/8/16)
Three Of Maine's Democrat Superdelegates Had Already Committed To Supporting Clinton Ahead Of The Caucuses. "The Maine Democratic Party has 25 delegates resulting from Sunday's vote, plus five superdelegates who can support whoever they want at the Democratic National Convention. Three of those people, national committeewoman Maggie Allen, 1st District U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree and state party vice chairwoman Peggy Schaffer, have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. National committeeman Troy Jackson has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett has not voiced a preference." (Chistopher Cousins, "Big Sanders Win In Maine Does Not Flip State's Clinton Superdelegates," Bangor Daily News , 3/8/16)
In Kansas Sanders Won The Caucuses By More Than A 2-1 Margin, But None Of The Superdelegates Publicly Announced Their Support For The Clear Victor
The Kansas City Star Headline: "Superdelegates Become Super Controversial In Democratic Race For President" (Dave Helling, "Superdelegates Become Super Controversial In Democratic Race For President," The Kansas City Star, 4/4/16)
Sanders Won Kansas' "Caucuses By More Than 2-1 Margin, Yet None Of the Four Kansas Superdelegates Has Publicly Announced For The Vermont Senator." "Kansas could become another example of superdelegate-voter imbalance. Sanders won the state's caucuses by a more than 2-1 margin, yet none of the four Kansas superdelegates has publicly announced for the Vermont senator." (Dave Helling, "Superdelegates Become Super Controversial In Democratic Race For President," The Kansas City Star, 4/4/16)
In The Nebraska Caucuses, Sanders Won Handedly, But Has Only Secured The Support Of Only One Of Five State Superdelegates
Sanders Won Nebraska In Their March Democrat Caucuses. "In March, Sanders won Nebraska's Democratic caucuses, earning 15 pledged delegates. Clinton took 10 pledged delegates." (Robynn Tysver, "Nebraska Superdelegate Says She's Backing Bernie Sanders," Omaha World-Herald , 6/3/16)
Of Nebraska's Five Superdelegates, Three Have "Thrown Their Support Behind" Clinton, While Only One Has Decided To Support Sanders. "Maureen Monahan, who is the first associate chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, said she decided to support Sanders because he has brought 'thousands of new people' into the party. She said those voters need to be acknowledged by party leaders. Three other Nebraska superdelegates have thrown their support behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton: Rep. Brad Ashford of Omaha, Democratic National Committeewoman Patty Zieg and Democratic National Committeeman Ron Kaminski. A fifth superdelegate, State Party Chairman Vince Powers, remains undecided." (Robynn Tysver, "Nebraska Superdelegate Says She's Backing Bernie Sanders," Omaha World-Herald , 6/3/16)
In The Michigan Primary, Sanders Beat Clinton, But Zero Superdelegates Have Backed Sanders
Sanders Won The Michigan Primary By 1.5%. "It was a stunning loss by a razor-thin margin, but it wasn't really a loss at all. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was expected to win the Michigan primary, but came up 1.5 percent short, losing to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders Tuesday night 49.8 percent to 48.3 percent." (Derek Hunter, "Clinton Loses Vote In Michigan, Leaves With More Delegates," The Daily Caller, 3/9/16)
The Daily Caller Headline: "Clinton Loses Vote In Michigan, Leaves With More Delegates" (Derek Hunter, "Clinton Loses Vote In Michigan, Leaves With More Delegates," The Daily Caller, 3/9/16)
Of The 17 Michigan Democrat Superdelegates, Clinton Has The Support Of 10, Sanders Has The Support Of None. "Michigan has 17 such superdelegates, and of those who have publicly stated their intentions, Hillary Clinton has the support of 10 of them. The remaining 7 have not yet made their decision." (Derek Hunter, "Clinton Loses Vote In Michigan, Leaves With More Delegates," The Daily Caller, 3/9/16)
In The Hawaii Caucuses, Sanders Trounced Clinton With 70% Of The Vote, But Has Only Picked Up 3 Of 10 Democrat Superdelegates
In The Hawaii Caucuses, Sanders Walked Away With 70% Of The Vote. " Sanders took 70 percent of the vote in Hawaii's democratic caucus in March, while Clinton captured 30 percent." (Cathy Bussewitz, "Sen Bernie Sanders Picks Up Superdelegate Vote In Hawaii," The Associated Press, 5/31/16)
Six Of The State's 10 Democrat Superdelegates Are Still Supporting Clinton. "Six of Hawaii's superdelegates have said they're supporting Clinton. Two are supporting Sanders, including U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui have not yet announced how they plan to vote." (Cathy Bussewitz, "Sen Bernie Sanders Picks Up Superdelegate Vote In Hawaii," The Associated Press, 5/31/16)
In The Alaska Caucuses Sanders Crushed Clinton, But Emerged With The Support Of Only One Superdelegate
The Alaska Caucus Landed Sanders A Solid Victory, Bringing In Close To 80% Of The Popular Vote. "Bernie Sanders looks set for a great Saturday night as three states could help the senator from Vermont close a bit of the delegate gap in the Democratic race. Sanders got one state in his column right off the bat on Saturday as Alaska Democrats selected him as their favorite to go to the White House. It wasn't even close. With almost half of the precincts reporting, Sanders had 79 percent of the vote to Clinton's 21 percent." (Daniel Politi, "Sanders Wins Alaska, Washington, And Hawaii By A Landslide," Slate , 3/27/16)
Only One Of Alaska's Four Superdelegates Are Supporting Sanders, The Same Amount That Support Clinton. "In July, Alaska will have 20 delegates attending the DNC. Sixteen of them are regular pledged delegates, while the remaining four are superdelegates. Of the 16 regular delegates, 13 are committed to support Bernie Sanders, while the remaining three have pledged their support to Hillary Clinton. Of the four superdelegates, one has expressed support for Sanders, one for Clinton, and the other two remain uncommitted." (Andrew Galreath, "Alaska Democrats Call For An End To Superdelegates At The Convention," Inquisitr, 5/16/16)
In The Indiana Primary, Sanders Won By A "Solid Margin" But Clinton Still Has The Support Of Seven Of The Nine Democrat Superdelegates
Sanders Won The Indiana Primary "By A Solid Margin, 52-To-48." "Hillary Clinton lost the Indiana primary on Tuesday, but she will win the delegate battle here. Bernie Sanders won the Indiana Democratic primary by a solid margin, 52-to-48. But unlike the Republican primary, it's not a winner-take-all affair. The delegates are distributed on a proportional basis." (Jim Shella, "Hillary Clinton Loses On Tuesday, Leaves Indiana With More Delegates Than Sanders," WishTV 8, 5/6/16)
Seven Of Indiana's Nine Superdelegates Are Still Committed To Clinton. "The official delegate count released Friday looks like this: Bernie Sanders wins 44 pledged delegates. Hillary Clinton wins 39. There are nine superdelegates from Indiana and seven are already committed to Hillary. At least one of the two who are uncommitted superdelegates is expected to go her way as well. It means that Hillary Clinton will have more Indiana delegates in her column." (Jim Shella, "Hillary Clinton Loses On Tuesday, Leaves Indiana With More Delegates Than Sanders," WishTV 8, 5/6/16)
In The Rhode Island Primary, Sanders Won The Democrat Primary, But Left With The Support Of Zero Superdelegates
Sanders Beat Clinton In The Rhode Island Democrat Primary With 55% Of The Vote. "With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders led with 54.7 percent of the vote, ahead of Clinton with 43.1 percent. Trump led with 63.6 percent of the vote, far ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, with 24.3 percent, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, with 10.4 percent, according to the state Board of Elections." (Edward Fitzpatrick, "Independents Play Key Role In R.I. Wins," The Providence Journal, 4/26/16)
Rhode Island Has Nine Superdelegates. "He was competing against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for 15 delegates. The tiny New England state awards a total of 33, but nine are chosen at the state's convention in June and nine others are superdelegates. To make it more confusing, the 15 delegates awarded Tuesday are distributed in proportion to the votes each candidate got in each congressional district. Ultimately, Sanders walks away with 13 delegates and Clinton gets 20." (Jennifer Bendery, "Bernie Sanders Wins Rhode Island Democratic Primary," The Huffington Post, 4/26/16)
All Nine Superdelegates In Rhode Island Are Already Backing Clinton. "Given Tuesday's results, the state's super-delegates should rethink their support for Clinton, Caiazzo said. Rhode Island Democrats will send 33 delegates to their July convention. But voters chose just 15 of those delegates on Tuesday. State Democratic Chairman Joseph M. McNamara estimated Sanders will get 8 or 9 of those delegates and Clinton will get 6 or 7. Nine 'super-delegates' are already backing Clinton, and the state Democratic Committee will choose another nine delegates." (Edward Fitzpatrick, "Independents Play Key Role In R.I. Wins," The Providence Journal, 4/26/16)
In The West Virginia Primary Sanders Beat Clinton, But Clinton Still Has Six Of Eight Superdelegates
In West Virginia, Sanders Won Against Clinton By Double Digits. " In fact, as the Vermont senator was leading Clinton 51% to 36%, with 97% of precincts reporting, he will likely collect a minority portion of the state's 37 Democratic delegates because Clinton won in more densely populated districts." (Adam Edelman, "Bernie Sanders Wins West Virginia Primary," The New York Daily News , 5/11/16)
Sanders West Virginia Victory Came As "No Surprise." " Sanders's West Virginia win is no surprise. The state is suffering economically, alienated from D.C. elites and more than 90 percent white." (Johnathan Swan, "Sanders Wins In West Virginia," The Hill, 5/10/16)
West Virginia Has Eight Superdelegates, Six Of Which Already Supported Clinton. "Six of West Virginia's eight 'super delegates' will be supporting the former secretary of state, who has a big lead among pledged delegates, when they cast their votes at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. West Virginia has 37 delegates to the convention, with 29 of those awarded based on the results of the Tuesday presidential primary. The remaining eight, the super delegates, are party leaders who are not bound by the voters' choice next week." (David Gutman, "WV Superdelegates Mostly Siding With Clinton," Charleston Gazette-Mail, 5/8/16)
AT STATE DEMOCRAT CONVENTIONS THEY HAVE TRIED TO OVERTHROW THE SUPERDELEGATE SYSTEM
Among Democrats There Is "Anger Over The Party's Election Rules" As Some Claim "The System Is Rigged." "The split among Wisconsin Democrats over Sanders and Clinton mirrors that seen nationally as the presidential primary drags on. Anger over the party's election rules - where party insiders known as superdelegates aren't bound to vote for the candidate who won the state's popular vote - has led some Sanders supporters to say the system is rigged." (Scott Bauer, "Wisconsin Sanders' Backers Want To End Superdelegates," The Associated Press, 6/1/16)
Democrats In Maine Adopted A Proposal At Their State Convention To Limit The Clout Of Superdelegates
The Chicago Tribune Headline: "In Revolt Against Party Rule, Maine Democrats Vote To Strip Superdelegates Of Power" ("In Revolt Against Party Rules, Maine Democrats Vote To Strip Superdelegates Of Power," The Chicago Tribune , 5/7/16)
The Proposal Adopted By Maine Democrats Was "A Rebuke To Their Party's System…" "Maine Democrats delivered a rebuke to their party's system of superdelegates on Saturday by adopting a proposal at their state convention to reduce the clout of unpledged elected officials and party insiders." ("In Revolt Against Party Rules, Maine Democrats Vote To Strip Superdelegates Of Power," The Chicago Tribune , 5/7/16)
This Proposal Ensures The Maine State Delegation Reflects "The Will Of Rank-And-File-Voters" In Upcoming Elections. "The proposal allows the state party to work around national rules giving autonomy to superdelegates, who are unpledged elected officials and party insiders, to ensure state delegations to the 2020 national convention reflect the will of rank-and-file voters." ("In Revolt Against Party Rules, Maine Democrats Vote To Strip Superdelegates Of Power," The Chicago Tribune , 5/7/16)
Democrats In Alaska Passed A Formal Resolution At Their State Convention To Force Superdelegates To Vote With The Popular Vote
Alaska Democrats Adopted A Formal Resolution To "Force Supedelegates To Vote In Accordance With The State's Popular Vote…" "The formal resolution adopted by the Alaskan Democrats is similar to a resolution passed by the Maine state convention to force superdelegates to vote in accordance with the state's popular vote, and states that the Alaskan delegation 'hereby invites other states' Democratic Parties to join Alaska in pursuit of this reform,' and calls on the national convention to either eliminate the superdelegate system entirely or compel them to vote proportionally to their state's primary results, according to U.S. Uncut." (Andrew Galreath, "Alaska Democrats Call For An End To Superdelegates At The Convention," Inquisitr, 5/16/16)
Some Alaska Democrats Are So Fed Up With The Democrat Establishment, There Were 25 Individuals Who Walked Out During DNC Chairwoman Debbie-Wasserman-Schultz' Keynote Speech At Their Convention. " The ongoing tensions between Clinton and Sanders supporters reportedly became palpable among accusations that the head of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, favors Clinton, and has been improperly steering funds toward the Clinton campaign. A number of Sanders supporters, estimated to be more than 25, walked out of her keynote speech on Saturday night in protest." (Andrew Galreath, "Alaska Democrats Call For An End To Superdelegates At The Convention," Inquisitr, 5/16/16)
Democrats In Wisconsin Are Trying To Change The Rules To Make Superdelegates Go With The Will Of The People
The Associated Press Headline: "Wisconsin Sanders' Backers Want To End Superdelegates" (Scott Bauer, "Wisconsin Sanders' Backers Want To End Superdelegates," The Associated Press, 6/1/16)
Sanders Backers Are Pushing For A Vote At The Wisconsin Democratic Party Convention To Pressure The State's Superdelegates To "Switch Their Allegiance From Hillary Clinton To [Bernie Sanders]." "Backers of Bernie Sanders are pushing for a vote at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention this weekend that they hope will pressure the state's superdelegates to switch their allegiance from Hillary Clinton to the Vermont senator." (Scott Bauer, "Wisconsin Sanders' Backers Want To End Superdelegates," The Associated Press , 6/1/16)
June 6, 2016
Contact: Michael Briggs
Sanders Campaign Statement
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.
“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then. They include more than 400 superdelegates who endorsed Secretary Clinton 10 months before the first caucuses and primaries and long before any other candidate was in the race.
“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump.”