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Strange as it may seem, we may be heading back to "smoke filled rooms" to choose political candidates. There is a real possibility. The last person to won the party nomination without winning a single primary was Hubert Humphrey in 1968.
Although Humphrey got 42.7% of the vote (compared to Nixon's 43.4%) he got 191 electoral votes, compared to Nixon's 301. George Wallace captured the rest - all in 5 Southern states. Since then, both parties have adopted rules that award delegates according to the popular vote in either primaries or caucuses. This in turn meant that one candidate emerged with a majority of the delegates committed prior to the convention, making those events the political equivalent of an infomercial.
The voters ruled even if the bosses seethed, as was the case when Donald Trump hijacked the Republican Party in 2016.
Democrats, unlike Republicans, do not give a statewide primary winner all or the lion’s share of that state’s delegates. Instead, Democrats award delegates proportionally to a candidate’s share of the vote, so long as that person gets at least 15 percent. If a winner gets 26 percent of the vote, as Sanders did in New Hampshire, he or she gets about 26 percent of the delegates. This creates a strong incentive to stay in the race even if a candidate finishes third or fourth.
Believe it or not, even if the race narrows to Sanders and one competitor after St. Patrick’s Day, Sanders could repeatedly defeat that person by 60-40 landslides and still not be assured the nomination.
This is where the bosses come back in.
About 16 percent of the delegates are not even selected by voters. These super delegates, which consist mainly of elected Democratic officials but also some longtime unelected party activists, cannot vote on the first ballot but can vote in every ballot thereafter. This is why former vice president Joe Biden or Klobuchar have a real chance to win