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I thought I would start a thread to discuss the Democratic National Convention that starts tonight. The speakers scheduled to appear tonight: Elizabeth Waren Corey Booker Michelle Obama Bernie Sanders I'm excited! Unfortunately, I won't be able to watch tonight's proceedings until tomorrow morning, so if anyone is watching and wants to post some highlights, I would really appreciate it!
I feel like I should know this and I just don't. I have googled and read some stuff, but I am feeling no less clueless than I was before. Can anyone explain (or does anyone know of one of those awesome videos that explains) superdelegates - what are they and why it is fair to have them? I just was looking at the current standings for the Democrats and it seems to me from a quick look that Clinton and Sanders have both won about 50 delegates between Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. However, when I look at the overall chart of delegates won, Clinton has 502 (so about 450 superdelegates) and Sanders has about 70 (so about 20 superdelegates). So, it is seeming like there are just tons of delegates out there (from what I read a candidate needs 2,383 delegates to secure the Nomination). It also seems like those roughly 470 superdelegates, while in no way decisive of who wins, would be a pretty nice thing to have in your back pocket when running for president. I am just wondering if anyone knows exactly how all that works. I would prefer more generalized answers rather than answers specific to these two candidates, but if it makes most sense to say "Clinton deserves them because...", that's all good too. Any help is much appreciated.