Last night was amazing! Bernie won New Hampshire flat-out, getting a clear majority of the support from real voters, not DC establishment insiders.
Unfortunately, we need to start talking about those insiders, and a trick they have to rig the Democratic primary process called the ‘Superdelegate’ system.
Superdelegates are party leaders and politicians who get to cast special ‘VIP’ votes for President at the Democratic National Conventions. They’re about 700 people, insiders and party elites, and they get a way bigger say than any one state.
It’s not a sure thing, but it could happen if we do nothing: Superdelegates could give the nomination to Hillary even if a majority of voters and elected delegates support Bernie. This wouldn’t be some kind of ‘mistake’; this is why Superdelegates exist!
That’s why we’re launching a national campaign to ensure the Superdelegate system doesn’t get a chance to reverse the popular will. Please sign our petition demanding that Superdelegates honor the will of the voters – no matter what.
Right now, Hillary has way more pledged Superdelegates than Bernie. (There’s a few progressive champions who have pledged their Superdelegate votes to Bernie, like Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva, but they’re rare.) 1
Altogether, Superdelegates represent roughly 30% of the votes required to win the Democratic nomination. 2 The rest? They’re reserved for the millions of actual voters casting their ballots in caucuses and primaries, like in New Hampshire. The math works out to something close to One Superdelegate, One Vote – and One Regular Voter, 0.0001% of a Vote. And we can’t let that stand.
Luckily, history is on our side – this isn’t the first time that the corrupt Superdelegate system has been defeated by people power. In 2008, then-Senator Obama almost lost the Democratic nomination from Superdelegates, until Democratic voters across the country said No.
They made such a big stink that party insiders knew they’d face huge political blowback for ignoring the voters. 3