On Saturday, Bernie Sanders’ call for reducing the influence of superdelegates in the Democratic primaries appeared to be doomed. When the Democratic National Committee (DNC)‘s Rules Committee took a vote on whether to eliminate superdelegates, they locked Bernie Sanders’ delegates out. The few who managed to remain in the room suffered a crushing defeat by a 108-48 vote.
When the Democratic National Committee (DNC)’s Rules Committee took a vote on whether to end the superdelegate system, they locked Bernie Sanders’ delegates out. The few who managed to remain in the room suffered a crushing defeat by a 108-48 vote. A proposal to reduce superdelegates’ power by 90 percent also went down in flames.
Bernie Sanders’ delegates were furious and it seemed like all hell would break loose, then cooler heads prevailed.
Sanders and Clinton camps hammer out a deal to reduce the influence of superdelegates.
Dave Weigel from the Washington Post reports Hillary Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’ supporters managed to hammer out a deal that binds two-thirds of superdelegates to the results of their state primaries. The new rule change passed by a vote of 158-6.
After a lengthy debate and a deal between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party’s rules committee voted to created a “unity commission” that would dramatically limit the role of convention “superdelegates,” binding roughly two-thirds of them to the results of state primaries and caucuses.
The language for the new rules for superdelegates reads as follows:
“The Commission shall make specific recommendations providing that Members of Congress, Governors, and distinguished party leaders remain unpledged and free to support their nominee of choice, but that remaining unpledged delegates be required to cast their vote at the Convention for candidates in proportion to the vote received for each candidate in their state.”
As a sweetener, the much-loathed Debbie Wasserman Schultz was finally ousted as DNC chair on Sunday. Bernie Sanders and his supporters have long sought to reduce or eliminate the influence of superdelegates in the Democratic primaries. Many see superdelegates as unfair because they get to vote for whoever they want, regardless of who their constituents voted for.
Watch: Fox News reports on the future of the DNC’s superdelegate system.
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