Wisconsin Primary Election tonight; Superdelegates Explained

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WISCONSIN – 42 Delegates are at stake for Republicans and 86 for the Democrats as presidential candidates square off today in the Wisconsin Primary Election

The Badger State is the only state conducting a primary election today.

According to Real Clear Politics, the race is tight; most polls are showing Ted Cruz in the lead on the Republican side while most polls are showing Bernie Sanders has an edge over Hillary Clinton.

As of today, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 1712 – 1011 in the delegate count, while Donald Trump leads his nearest challenger Ted Cruz 737-475.

Clinton’s lead includes superdelegates.

Only the Democratic Party uses superdelegates; the parties use slightly different rules to select their nominees. Superdelegates are not required to follow the will of the voter. They typically consist of elite members of the Democratic Party that fall into three categories.

In recent decades, the Democratic Party began experimenting with the idea of opening up the nomination process.

Primaries and caucuses were used to select the nominee for the first time in 1972. George McGovern was the Democratic nominee at the time; he lost to Richard Nixon 49 states to 1.

After President Jimmy Carter lost his battle for re-election, party elites saw a need for a “voice for the establishment” to push a nominee who could win the general election.

In the early 1980s, the “superdelegate” was born. 712 Democratic superdelegates exist. They control 15 percent of the nominating process. Superdelgates are meant to be a checking system on the will of the voters.

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