Democratic Presidential Selection in 2016

Reply Fri 21 Dec, 2018 09:49 am
Excluding the superdelegates, did Hillary Clinton have enough votes to win the nomination?
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Reply Fri 21 Dec, 2018 10:01 am
Excluding super-delegates, Sanders trailed her by 291 votes.

You might also want to look at the popular vote as well — she got 55% to his 43%.
Reply Fri 21 Dec, 2018 11:35 am

Thank you

I tried to find the answer on my own but was not sure if I knew where to look.

I went to wikipedia.org

I found "List of Democrat Party Superdelegates, 2016" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Democratic_Party_superdelegates,_2016)

It lists Hillary Clinton = 572-1/2

I found "Results of the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_2016_Democratic_Party_presidential_primaries)

It reports that Hillary Clinton received 2,271 delegates in aggregate, with 571 being in excess of what she needed.

I could then conclude that she needed 571 of the 572.5 super-delegates to win the nomination.

However, this conflicts with your answer.

I am uncertain.
Reply Fri 21 Dec, 2018 11:56 am
The primaries don't include the superdelegates since they can change their preferences.

If you want to get into this more deeply here's an article I found very informative:

Is more democracy always better democracy?
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