Sanders to Superdelegates: 'Respect the Wishes of the People'
Bernie Sanders made a new call to superdelegates on Sunday to “respect the wishes of the people in their state” by voting the same way as their residents did in the primaries. he senator also reiterated that he would be the most likely candidate to beat Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
“They’re going to have to go into their hearts, and they are going to have to ask, do they want the second strongest candidate to run against Trump or do they want the strongest candidate?” he told the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Hillary Clinton has an almost 300-point lead over Sanders in pledged delegates but a 777-point lead if superdelegates are counted.
Sanders stressed the pivotal role of superdelegates by calling it a “contested election” since, “it is virtually impossible for (former) Secretary (of State) Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14 with pledged delegates alone,” and “will need superdelegates to take her over the top.”
Pledged delegates are decided by the primaries, and superdelegates are representatives that are meant to cast their ballot in July according to the popular vote. Sanders would need to secure at least 65 percent of delegates in the remaining primaries to secure the Democratic nomination.