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Feb 10, 2016 10:46 AM

Landrigan: This is why your vote for Bernie Sanders in NH doesn't matter

NH1 Chief Political Correspondant

Okay, Bernie Sanders just about tied Hillary Clinton in Iowa and by now you know all about the historic drubbing he handed Clinton here in New Hampshire.

And as the 2016 presidential campaign moves on, the Vermont Senator Sanders is losing badly.

This is one of those dirty little secrets about the nominating process on the Democratic side, the role of the so-called super-delegates.

After the two states have weighed in, Sanders has 34 delegates while Clinton has 32. Sanders took 13 delegates here to nine for Clinton.

But when it comes to these superdelegates, many of them elected officials and power brokers, Clinton has more than half of them locked up tight.

The latest estimate is Clinton leads Sanders among superdelegates, 359 to eight.

Now two things to remember. One there are 712 superdelegates which means slightly less than half are waiting to make a choice. Many of them historically go with who their home state goes with so if Sanders rolls up more victories like New Hampshire, he can make a comeback with the group.

The second point is every Democratic candidate who comes up short for traditional delegates ultimately has released those superdelegates. Hillary Clinton did just that so there wasn’t a messy convention for Barack Obama in 2008.

Don’t look for Hillary to be giving over anything to Bernie Sanders any time soon.

So what do you think?

Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Kevin Landrigan is the Chief Political Correspondent for NH1 News. You can email him at klandrigan@nh1.com and follow him on Twitter, @KLandriganNH1.


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