Democrats vote to min­i­mize role of party su­perdel­e­gates

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

CHICAGO — Demo­cratic Party lead­ers Satur­day voted to limit their own high-pro­file roles in choos­ing pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nees, giv­ing more weight to the out­come of state pri­maries and cau­cuses.

The de­bate over su­perdel­e­gates was ev­i­dence of the fall­out from the 2016 fight be­tween even­tual nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton and Sen. Bernie San­ders. His sup­port­ers ac­cused the party of tip­ping the scales in Clin­ton’s fa­vor.

The change af­fects com­mit­tee mem­bers, elected of­fi­cials and party el­ders who at­tend pres­i­den­tial con­ven­tions as au­to­matic del­e­gates.

Un­der the new rules, su­perdel­e­gates still will be au­to­matic del­e­gates to the party’s con­ven­tion. But they will not have a vote on the first pres­i­den­tial bal­lot if the con­ven­tion re­mains con­tested.

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