Clinton Likely to Leave NH with Same Number of Delegates as Sanders
The American political system is fundamentally flawed and the easiest way to see that is the delegate / super delegate system.
Even though Hillary Clinton got obliterated in New Hampshire, she will leave the state with the same amount of delegates.
The Hill reports:
Superdelegate support is fluid, though, so some of those delegates now backing Clinton could switch to Sanders before the Democratic National Convention in late July.
But as it stands, the superdelegate support gives Clinton a total of 15 New Hampshire delegates.
Mark Paustenbach, the Democratic National Committee’s national press secretary, on Wednesday emphasized that Sanders’ win secured him the majority of the state’s pledged delegates and that the superdelegate totals are unrelated to that victory.
“Let’s be clear, the only delegates at stake on Tuesday in New Hampshire’s First in the Nation primaries were 24 pledged delegates,” he said in a statement.
Those results also include eight delegates who will be selected at the state’s caucus in April. While the alignment of those eight delegates is not final and could change, news organizations extrapolated the final breakdown in line with Tuesday’s results.
The Clinton campaign has mounted an aggressive effort to secure about 360 superdelegates across the country, according to The Associated Press. Sanders has a total of eight superdelegates.
A candidate will need about 2,200 delegates total to secure the nomination.
Two of New Hampshire’s eight superdelegates are uncommitted: state party chairman Ray Buckley and state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, according to the AP.
Buckley was barred from picking a side until after the primary, and Fuller Clark told The Hill that she remains uncommitted.
“I wanted to ensure that we had a very open and fair process in New Hampshire, and I don’t t believe as an elected officer of the party that I should be choosing between two very fine Democrats who are running for office,” she said.
“For the time being, I continue to hold that position and will wait until closer to the convention to decide.”
Clinton’s superdelegate supporters includes Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and Rep. Annie Kuster.
She’s also backed by Democratic National Committee members Joanne Dodwell, Billy Shaheen and Kathy Sullivan.
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