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What's a superdelegate?

Asked by segdeha (1707points) January 20th, 2008

In the process of nominating a candidate for president of the United States, the contenders win “delegates” (people who pledge to support the candidate at the nominating convention).

So, what is a “superdelegate”? Who are these people? Are they typically big-wigs in the parties? Are there a set number per state or are they national?

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The Democratic party has a lot of superdelegates. They are leaders in the Democratic party that get to be delegates as well.

Superdelegates are:
1. The individuals recognized as members of the DNC (as set forth in Article Three, Sections 2 and 3 of the Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States); and,
2. The Democratic President and the Democratic Vice President of the United States, if applicable; and,
3. All Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives and all Democratic members of the United States Senate; and,
4. The Democratic Governor, if applicable; and,
5. All former Democratic Presidents, all former Democratic Vice Presidents, all former Democratic Leaders of the U.S. Senate, all former Democratic Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic Minority Leaders, as applicable, and all former Chairs of the Democratic National Committee.

This blog about the Democratic Convention has a lot more information.

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