• What are superdelegates and how do they impact the election?

    By: Jim Spiewak

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    A lot of talk was made Tuesday about delegates, but superdelegates play a pivotal role in this election too.

    Superdelegates are only on the democratic side, and there are 717 throughout the country. They will cast their votes at the democratic convention, and they hold a lot of power.

    It is possible Bernie Sanders could win more states and still lose ground to Hillary Clinton because of the superdelegates. They can change their mind over who they support at any time, and they represent about one-sixth of the overall delegate count.

    Superdelegates are made up of 20 party leaders, 21 governors, 46 U.S. Senators, 193 congressmen and 437 elected members.

    Locally in Memphis, we have two super-delegates. Gale Jones-Carson works for MLGW. She is currently supporting Hillary Clinton. Former city councilman Myron Lowery is the second, and he is currently supporting Clinton as well. 

    Congressman Steve Cohen is one of the 193 congressman superdelegates. He too supports Clinton.

    Superdelegates cast their vote at the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia.

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