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Fordham’s Costas Panagopoulos on Superdelegates


Those following political news know Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has given no indication of dropping out of the Democratic primary race, even though political reports say former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s lead is a big one for him to overcome. Says the Wall Street Journal:

“Overall, Mrs. Clinton now has 1,599 delegates of the 2,383 she needs to win the nomination, according to the AP. Mr. Sanders has 844. Those figures include the party’s important “superdelegates.”

So, what is a superdelegate? And why don’t the Republicans have this system in place?

Fordham’s Costas Panagopoulos, professor of political science and director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the Master’s Program in Elections and Campaign Management, explains in the following audio clip:


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