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Why it's misleading to say Clinton has 505 delegates

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If you have been paying attention to the the presidential race, particularly on the Democratic side, you may be confused as to why many media outlets say Hillary Clinton has 505 delegates, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders only has 71 after just three primaries.

That's because a huge majority of Hillary's delegates portrayed in these reports are based on superdelegate count.

The problem with how some in the media have portrayed these superdelegates is important to consider because they do not represent actually voters choices.

This is significant to consider because, historically, superdelegates have faced harsh criticism if they vote against the candidate who wins the popular vote.

In 2008, when Clinton was running against then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the superdelegate count was close enough for voters and politicians to be concerned about: Obama had 1766.5 and Clinton had 1639.5 (source: realclearpolitics.com). Superdelegates weren't expected to be a major impact on who the candidate was going to be. However, there were some Democrats who said that if the superdelegates did not represent the popular candidate they would leave the party. 

 "If the Democratic Party does not nominate the candidate … that the majority (or plurality) of its participants in primaries and caucuses want it to nominate, then I will quit the Democratic Party," Chris Bowers, a member of the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee, wrote in a statement.

While Clinton does already have a majority of the superdelegates in her corner, some voters have said they will feel compelled to switch their vote to Sanders if he wins the popular vote. Some voters and legislators believe this could be damaging to the Democratic Party down the line in future elections.

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