Before a vote is even cast in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina or Ohio on Tuesday, the Democratic Party has already stacked the deck in favor of Hillary Clinton, thanks to the perverse system known as "Super Delegates."
While Clinton has won 748 delegates to the 542 won by rival Bernie Sanders, she is actually much closer to the 2,382 needed to win thanks to the "Super Delegate" system that is unique to the Democrats. Before voting begins Tuesday, Clinton actually has a total of 1,235 delegates, despite only winning 748, while Sanders has a total of 580, while winning 542 through primaries and caucuses.
The differences are due to the pledged support of "Super Delegates" AKA party brass. In the Democratic Party system, voters in each state choose a candidate based on popular vote and then a number of "Super Delegates" are up for grabs depending on whether the governor is a Democrat, how many senators or congressmen are Democrats and the composition of the state party committee.
In Florida for example, mere citizen voters will choose 214 delegates while the "Super Delegates," people that no one votes for, will comprise 32 of the votes up for grabs.
Clinton has been able to secure the sizeable lead thanks to her connections to the Washington and party establishment, helping her to far outstrip Sanders in delegate count even though he is much closer in terms of popular vote.
While Clinton has 60% of the popular vote thus far, the slanted party system gives her 68% of the delegate thus far.
All of that before a single ballot is cast in Super Tuesday 3.
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