According to The New York Times, dozens of Democratic superdelegates are ready to prevent far-left socialist presidential candidate from becoming the Democratic presidential candidate to take on President Trump in 2020.
“The New York Times spoke with 93 superdelegates following Sanders’s victory in the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22, the vast majority of which said they believe the Democratic Party is headed toward a contested convention,” says the Daily Caller. “Of the superdelegates interviewed, 84 said Sanders does not deserve to become the party’s nominee based solely on having secured the most, but not over 50%, of the delegates during the primaries and caucuses.”
“If 60% is not with Bernie Sanders, I think that says something, I really do,” said Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar.
Check out what else the Daily Caller had to say:
Current forecasting models back up the superdelegates’ prediction of a contested convention — FiveThirtyEight’s model showed Thursday a 48% chance that no candidate comes out of the primaries and caucuses with a simple majority of delegates, despite Sanders’s current standing as the undisputed frontrunner with victories in New Hampshire and Nevada.
The FiveThirtyEight model showed Thursday that Sanders has a 37% of clinching the nomination before the convention and former Vice President Joe Biden in a distant third with 13% odds.
For a candidate to win the nomination before the convention in July, they’d have to win at least 1,991 of the 3,979 “pledged” delegates up for grabs during the primaries and caucuses.
The floodgates would open at the convention if no candidate breaches that threshold. All 3,979 “pledged” delegates would then be free to vote for anyone of their choosing, and the 771 superdelegates, comprised of elected Democrats and high-ranking members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), would be able to cast votes for whomever they wish as well.
The candidates themselves also appear to be bracing for a contested convention as it appears increasingly likely that Sanders has the only realistic pathway to secure the nomination during the primaries and caucuses. Sanders was the only candidate during a Feb. 19 debate to say the person that enters the convention with the most, but not over 50%, of the “pledged” delegates should be the Democratic nominee.
The Times continued by noting how ways of stopping Sanders has become a “dominant topic in many Democratic circles,” as the DNC is preparing to notify House Democrats on what will happen as superdelegates partake in a contested convention.
“Bernie seems to have declared war on the Democratic Party — and it’s caused panic in the House ranks,” said New Jersey Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer.
Democratic Rep. Jim Himes also said: “We’re way, way, way past the day where party leaders can determine an outcome here, but I think there’s a vibrant conversation about whether there is anything that can be done.”
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