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Response to MineralMan (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 01:35 PM

12. In practical terms

 

Yes, exactly. In this election, they could be a factor if Sanders finishes the primaries by winning, for example, 35 percent of the pledged delegates to Clinton's 40 percent. With neither candidate holding a clear majority of delegates, the result should be a brokered convention, but the super delegates would all vote for Clinton and she would win on the first ballot. There is some likelihood something of this nature will happen this time around. It's kind of like Bush losing the popular vote but winning (?) the presidency; we said it would never happen, but it did.

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