Sanders: Superdelegates May Now Be Eyeing Switch From Clinton
Bernie Sanders has been critical of superdelegates in the past, but he also has openly said he would welcome their support if that won him the nomination for the party.
After a string of victories, Sanders says that these delegates–who can support whomever they choose–may want to switch to his side.
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“I think the momentum is with us,” the Vermont Senator told Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union.
“A lot of these superdelegates may rethink their positions with Secretary Clinton.”
The Hill reports:
The Vermont senator swept Saturday’s Democratic contests in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, easily winning the majority of the 142 pledged delegates in those states. The biggest prize of the day was in Washington, which offered 101 delegates to be split up on a proportional basis.
The latest delegate counts still put Sanders behind Clinton, however, with 1,004 pledged delegates to her 1,712.
Of those, 469 are superdelegates who have pledged to Clinton and only 29 have pledged to Sanders.
Sanders on Sunday said those superdelegates may begin to see the “reality” that he’s the best candidate to beat GOP front runner Donald Trump.
“I think when they begin to look at reality, and that is that we are beating Donald Trump by much larger margins than Secretary Clinton” Sanders said. “And then you’ve got superdelegates in states where we win by 40 or 50 points. I think their own constituents are going to say to them, ‘Hey, why don’t you support the people of our state and vote for Sanders?'”