While his defeat by Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party’s 2016 primary was the driving trigger behind the fight that ensued over the way the party’s establishment appeared to exploit the power of superdelegates to tip the scales for leadership’s favored candidate (here, here, here), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday congratulated the DNC for approving a measure that will greatly curtail that influence going forward.
In a vote by party delegates at a meeting in Chicago that was described as a victory for progressive reformers and a major advance for party unity ahead of mid-terms and the 2020 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee approved a series of reforms, including new rules that govern superdelegates. In the future, superdelegates will no longer be allowed to vote for their preferred candidate during the first ballot at the party’s national convention—a restriction that will greatly, if not fully, reduce their influence on the outcome until all primary voters have had their say.
In a statement, Sanders called the vote “an important step forward in making the Democratic Party more open, democratic and responsive to the input of ordinary Americans.”
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