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Hillary Clinton’s Superdelegate Problem


slate articleThe following is an excerpt from Jim Newell | April 13, 2016 | Slate.com |

Donald Trump’s struggles with the delegate selection process, which has led him to believe that the nominating process is “rigged” against him, have of late given him a sort of one-sided kinship with Sen. Bernie Sanders. “I’m no fan of Bernie Sanders, OK, I’m no fan at all,” Trump said during his Tuesday town hall with CNN. “But every time I turn on, he’s winning, he’s winning. Every week after week, he wins, he wins, he wins, he wins. And then I watch you and I watch all of the pundits, they say, but he can’t win. You know why?” Why, Donald? “It’s stacked against him. It really is. It’s stacked against him. In his case, it’s super delegates.”

We already knew that Donald Trump didn’t have a strong understanding of Republican delegate allocation. Now we know that his grasp of the Democratic process isn’t so sharp either. Sanders is not losing because of superdelegates. Clinton leads him by 251 pledged delegates, according to the Associated Press’ count, a much wider lead than then-Sen. Barack Obama ever held over her in 2008. Unless Sanders can somehow shift the ground and pick up significant wins in the large remaining nominating contests of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and especially California, he will not come anywhere close to making up the pledged-delegate deficit.

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