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What are superdelegates?

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In the aftermath of Super Tuesday, I keep hearing reference to Democrat superdelegates making a difference, but never really got a good explanation of what they are. Democratic Convention Watch provides this definition:

  1. The individuals recognized as members of the DNC (as set forth in Article Three, Sections 2 and 3 of the Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States); and,
  2. All Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives and all Democratic members of the United States Senate; and,
  3. The Democratic Governor, if applicable; and,
  4. All former Democratic Presidents, all former Democratic Vice Presidents, all former Democratic Leaders of the U.S. Senate, all former Democratic Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic Minority Leaders, as applicable, and all former Chairs of the Democratic National Committee.

Ultimately, 796 out of the 4049 available Democratic delegates are superdelegates.  That means that nearly 20% of the delegates are determined by party officials instead of by the popular vote.  Hooray, democracy?

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Written by Scott

February 6, 2008 at 10:30 am

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  1. Don’t worry, as your token Republican friend, I can tell you that the irony is no less on the other side.

    Brett

    February 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm

  2. I guess I shouldn’t let it get to me, seeing as how my vote in the Florida Democratic Primary didn’t even count.

    Scott

    February 7, 2008 at 6:37 pm

  3. I believe the punchline to that joke is “… Democratic votes in Florida haven’t counted in years.” 🙂 But don’t worry. Every time I think of the Repulican ticket, I start looking for babies to punch. I keep hearing McCain/Crist and McCain/Huckabee. Punching babies, I tell you.

    Brett

    February 8, 2008 at 10:45 am

  4. As a person watching the whole process from afar( europe )…what ever happened to the ‘ one man , one vote’ democracy of the USA ? And this is what is being fought for by the US in other parts of the world?

    Kierra

    February 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm

  5. Primaries used to be entirely decided by party representatives until relatively recently. The remnants of that process still remain in the form of superdelegates. And yeah, it is astonishingly undemocratic. In a few more months I will start going on and on about how awful the electoral college is, but why jump the gun?

    Scott

    February 10, 2008 at 4:26 pm


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