Alan Grayson Puts Superdelegate Vote to Online Poll (Congratulations, Bernie Sanders)
Rep. Alan Grayson
If you've ventured into the comment section of any news article about the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in recent weeks, you've probably
“The whole system causes me concern, the idea that if all the
You can vote here if you're so inclined.
In case you need a brush up on what exactly is going on here: The Democratic National Convention (DNC) gives a vote in its presidential nomination decision to every sitting Democratic governor, senator, congressperson, and elected member of the DNC. Twenty "distinguished party leaders" are also given votes. They're free to vote for whomever they like, in theory. Together, they account for 712 of the 4,763 delegates. The rest are being decided by these primaries and caucuses you might have heard about.
The superdelegates don't actually cast their votes until the convention. Back in November, however, the Associated Press tried to call up as many superdelegates as possible to find out whom they're supporting. The vast majority are on Team Hillary. No surprise, really. However, those delegates are free to change their mind without consequence. In 2008, several superdelegates started out as Team Hillary but switched to Team Obama when he won the popular vote in primaries and caucuses.
Several of Bernie Sanders' rabid internet supporters sure are pissed about the situation. Here's a Sanders supporter's explanation of why they shouldn't be. The biggest reason: Several of these superdelegates are elected politicians. If they handed the nomination to Clinton despite Sanders winning a clear victory in the primaries and caucuses, they'd risk finding themselves the target of primary challengers.
Anyway, Grayson is aware of the
Grayson is stuck in an odd place between Hillary and Bernie, which we've discussed before. Most
Of course, if Grayson wanted to
- Vote for whoever wins in the Democratic Primary in his congressional district.
- Vote for whoever wins Florida.
- Vote for whoever wins the national popular vote.
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Instead, he's choosing the suspect method of internet vote. This has one main advantage, though: In order to vote, you have to sign up with an email address, which Grayson will then use to send you all sorts of campaign promos.
Perhaps it's not much of a
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