Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Superdelegates are under no obligation to follow the will of the voters

NH: Red, White and Blue polling place

Pressure's on Mass. superdelegates - The Boston Globe:
"Unlike the 93 Massachusetts delegates whose votes at the convention must reflect the results of the Feb. 5 primary, which Clinton won, the superdelegates are free to pick either candidate. According to Democratic Party rules, superdelegates are under no obligation to follow the will of the voters, as history has shown.

In 1984, Massachusetts superdelegates lined up behind eventual nominee Walter F. Mondale, helping him carry the state at the Democratic National Convention, even though Gary Hart had won the state's primary."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:41 PM

    Further about 1984, the Democratic superdelegates gave the nod to Mondale, even though national polls showed him losing to Reagan by 17% while Hart was only 4% behind Reagan at that time, so it obviously was not about who was most electable. I hope they don't make a similarly stupid mistake this time.