Test your EQ: What is a superdelegate?

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By Taylor Reid
MI First Election

In keeping with the 2016 election, Michigan State students were asked to explain the importance of superdelegates as a test of their Election Quotient.

While many assumed that superdelegates were related to politics, very few knew of their importance. Generally speaking, superdelegates are elected officials or distinguished party leaders. What makes a superdelegate so special? In the Democratic Party, the superdelegates may cast a vote for whichever candidate they prefer, regardless of the popular vote. That means a region could vote for Bernie Sanders, but the superdelegate from this particular place would still be able to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

Although Republicans also have superdelegates, their votes have to coincide with the popular vote. One example of a superdelegate is Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat.

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