Vermonters call for changes to the superdelegate system - Rights and Democracy

Vermonters call for changes to the superdelegate system

WPTZ News, Rachel Karcz


BURLINGTON, Vt. —Bernie Sanders was back in Vermont Wednesday after losing to rival Hillary Clinton in New York.

Clinton beat Sanders by nearly 3,000 votes in Tuesday night's primary. She now has 1,930 out of the more than 2,300 pledged delegates needed to win the nomination, compared to Sanders' 1,189. Those numbers include superdelegates, where Clinton has a significant lead, 502 to Sanders' 38.

Rights and Democracy delivered a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy's office Wednesday calling for superdelegates in Vermont and across the nation to vote in tandem with the majority.

“We hereby invite all superdelegates nationwide to affirm the sovereignty of the popular vote, the bedrock of a true democracy and to re-align your superdelegate votes to ensure proportional representation that reflects the will of the people of your respective states,” said Shyla Nelson founder of One Earth One Voice.

The Sanders campaign admits they need the superdelegates to win. When the candidate sat down with WPTZ last month, he mapped out his path to victory.

 “If we have the momentum, if all of the polls or virtually all of the polls show that we are a stronger candidate against Donald Trump, if in states where we win by 40 or 50 points, superdelegates are going to have to really think if they're going to want to vote against the candidate who won by 40 or 50 points,” Sanders said.

Still, with many large states yet to hit the polls, Sanders is focused and optimistic about the road ahead.

“Now, I don't want you to tell anybody this, but Secretary Clinton is getting a little bit nervous,” Sanders told a recent crowd. 

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