While some Democratic superdelegates insist that they will stick with Hillary Clinton even if she doesn’t successfully win the primaries, Bill Clinton is not among them.
Clinton announced on Thursday that if Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic primary he will cast his vote for Sanders the same as he did for Barack Obama in 2008 the election.
Speaking with the NY Daily News after a campaign stop at the 1199 SEIU headquarters in Manhattan, Bill Clinton said he would back whoever won the primary and became the nominee for the Democratic party, just as he did eight years ago.
It happened last time,” Clinton said. “Last time I did what my candidate asked, I voted for Barack Obama.
The former president’s remarks came just two days after a group of more than two dozen Democratic superdelegates announced that their allegiance to Hillary Clinton would now waver, no matter what the outcome of the primary ends up being. Suggesting that even if Bernie Sanders were to pull off the win, their votes would go to Hilary Clinton regardless.
As the NY Daily News explains, the Democratic system differs from that of Republicans in that unelected Democratic superdelegates have “the power to swing the vote to a candidate who was trailing in the delegate count.” Many have denounced this system as “rigged.”
If Sanders had the support of an equal number of superdelegates as his rival, Hillary Clinton, he would actually be ahead in delegate count at this point in the race, with 1,449 total delegates to Clinton’s 1,274. As it stands, Clinton has 1,712 total delegates compared to 1,011 for Sanders. However, excluding superdelegates, Clinton’s lead is only 1,243 to 980.
For either Clinton or Sanders to secure the Democratic nomination, one of them must amass a total of 2,383 delegates before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this July.
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