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Sanders Looks for Superdelegates' Support After Caucus Wins

  • Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, March 25, 2016.

    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, March 25, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 March 2016
Opinion

Bernie Sanders has appealed to superdelegates to rethink their backing for Clinton.

After scoring resounding caucus victories in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah and Washington Bernie Sanders and his supporters are urging Democratic party super-delegates to switch allegiances from Hillary Clinton in a bid to narrow her lead.  

The Democratic party presidential candidate, clearly buoyed from his electoral success last week, appealed to party power-brokers to “rethink” their support of Clinton on Sunday.

"I think the momentum is with us," he said on CNN a day after his three-state sweep in Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska.  "A lot of these super-delegates may rethink their positions with Secretary Clinton."

RELATED: Sanders Sweeps with Huge Wins in Hawaii, Washington and Alaska

During the interview the Vermont senator underlined poll results that suggest he would triumph over Republican Party front-runner Donald Trump in the November presidential elections, should they both win their respective party's nominations.

"I think when they begin to look at reality, and that is that we...are beating Donald Trump by much larger margins than Secretary Clinton," Sanders said on CNN. "And then you've got super-delegates in states where we win by 40 or 50 points. I think their own constituents are going to say to them, 'Hey, why don't you support the people of our state and vote for Sanders?'"

The lawmaker's sentiments were echoed by his campaign press secretary, Symone Sanders, who said on Monday that his recent victories should force “super-delegates to take a second look.”

Elected officials and party elites who hold super-delegate posts can swap their vote at any point until voting takes place at the party convention. 

In Washington state, where Sanders recorded an emphatic win on Saturday recording 73 percent of the vote, Clinton still gained the majority of super-delegates (17).  

Since then, a petition was launched urging the super-delegates to support their constituents' wishes and plump for Sanders. So far, close to 25,000 have pledged their signatures to the campaign.  

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