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The Tale of the Dreaded Superdelegates - The Bernie Nomination Obstacle

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Few people are talking about this problem, despite what an enormous challenge and obstacle it is to our efforts in the Bernie grassroots community to getting Bernie Sanders nominated by The Democratic Party to be on the November 2016 General Election ballot, the only real way to assuredly win the General Election against the GOP nominee (presumably Trump or Carson, at this point).

Most Americans simply do not know what superdelegates are, or why they're SO important, especially in this particular 2016 presidential election cycle. Why is it so widely unknown? Because the Democratic Party does not like to publicize or draw attention to this decidedly undemocratic method of selecting the presidential nominee. They seem to be "embarrassed" about it, or maybe it's not embarrassed, and is just straight up DECEPTION.

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The following is a description of the delegates and superdelegates process for 2016, taken from website :

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"Monday 25 July - Thursday 28 July 2016: 47th Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 23 January 2015, the DNC announced that the Convention will be from 25 to 28 July 2016.

The 47th DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION will have a total of 4,720 delegate votes, with 2,361 (a majority) necessary in order for a Presidential or Vice-Presidential candidate to be nominated.

"The rules for the 2012 Democratic National Convention call for the following formula to be used in determining the allocation of delegate votes to each state and jurisdiction sending a delegation to the Convention:

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Each state plus the District of Columbia is to be assigned a number of Base delegate votes based on an "Allocation Factor" multiplied by 3,700 (the optimum minimum size of a Democratic National Convention as determined by the Democratic National Committee): a state's (or D.C.'s) "Allocation Factor" being a decimal fraction arrived at through a calculation involving the following factors-

1. the state's (or D.C.'s) popular vote for the Democratic candidate for President in the three Presidential Elections just previous to the Convention (in this case: 2000, 2004, and 2008). This is the "State's Democratic Vote" [SDV].

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