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DNC Superdelegates Are Getting Desperate to Stop Bernie Sanders

There’s “overwhelming opposition” among dozens of Democratic National Committee superdelegates to giving Sen. Bernie Sanders the Democratic presidential nomination if he wins a plurality of delegates during the primary but falls short of a majority, the New York Times reported on Thursday. In all likelihood, denying the nomination to the plurality winner would result in…

DNC Superdelegates Are Getting Desperate to Stop Bernie Sanders

There’s “overwhelming opposition” among dozens of Democratic National Committee superdelegates to giving Sen. Bernie Sanders the Democratic presidential nomination if he wins a plurality of delegates during the primary but falls short of a majority, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

In all likelihood, denying the nomination to the plurality winner would result in a contested convention, which hasn’t happened in the Democratic Party since 1952, before presidential primaries and caucuses went national. But Democratic Party leaders are reportedly ready to risk the prospect of a deep schism in the party in order to stop Sanders at the convention in Milwaukee.

“We’re way, way, way past the day where party leaders can determine an outcome here, but I think there’s a vibrant conversation about whether there is anything that can be done,” Rep. Jim Himes, a superdelegate and former chairman of the moderate New Democrat Coalition in Congress, told the New York Times.

Added New York state party chairman Jay Jacobs: “Bernie wants to redefine the rules and just say he just needs a plurality. I don’t think we buy that. I don’t think the mainstream of the Democratic Party buys that. If he doesn’t have a majority, it stands to reason that he may not become the nominee.”

READ: Democrats are freaking out that Bernie could cost them the House

After the contentious primary between Sen. Bernie Sanders and eventual 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton, two years of debates among DNC members resulted in a rule change that would bar superdelegates from voting on the first nominating ballot unless a candidate has a majority of pledged delegates. This came after Sanders supporters protested the outsized role superdelegates from some states had in the process in 2016.

Preventing Sanders from clinching the nomination without a majority isn’t the only idea being floated by Democratic leaders. Democrats have reportedly called on Sen. Sherrod Brown, who opted not to run for president last year, as a potential consensus nominee at the convention, a prospect one congressman likened to a “novel.” Others have reportedly called on President Barack Obama to broker a truce or for former first lady Michelle Obama to step forward as vice president.

Still others want to stop Sanders the conventional way: Four donors approached former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Steve Israel for suggestions on people to run an anti-Sanders super PAC, the Times reported. (Israel declined.)

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