Washington, March 6: Supporters of Bernie Sanders, one of the two Democratic candidates running for this year's presidential nomination in the US, are disappointed over the fact that no matter how many states their leader wins, the gap in his score with that of Hillary Clinton continues to be as wide as ever.
After Sanders won the New Hampshire primary on February 9, he was allocated 15 delegates after a huge 22-point victory over Hillary but the latter, too, got 14 delegates. Why was it so?
This is happening because of the unique feature that the Democratic Party has and it is called 'superdelegates'.
Who are superdelegates?
They are delegates to the party convention---usually members of the Democratic National Convention and elected state and federal officials who can pick their own candidate regardless of how their own states vote. In this primary season, these superdelegates are backing Hillary more than Sanders.
In New Hampshire, Sanders got support of 15 delegates while Hillary could get just eight based on the voting. But six of the state's eight superdelegates went for Clinton, which meant she ended up with 14 delegates, just one short of her rival. Two superdelegates didn't commit to either Sanders or Hillary.
In Iowa, too, the same had happened on February 1. In the opening caucuses, Hillary had a very very narrow margin of victory over Sanders but she got the backing of six extra delegates to put herself in front by a decent margin. None of the bonus points went to Sanders's way, unfortunately.
This built-in advantage to Hillary has put her far ahead in the race to grab the support of 2,383 delegates to secure the Democratic nomination. She has effectively started the race eight points above her rival, something which hasn't made the latter's supporters happy.
However, Sanders's supporters can take solace from the fact that superdelegates can switch their preferences and their numbers do not say the scorecard is final.