House Dem uses online poll to decide between Sanders, Clinton

Greg Nash

Rep. Alan GraysonAlan Grayson19 House Democrats' sites hacked at close of gun sit-in Poll: Rubio, Murphy neck-and-neck in Florida Senate race The Trail 2016: 11 hours, 800 pages, 0 changed minds MORE (D-Fla.), a superdelegate, is asking voters to help him decide which presidential candidate to back.

The liberal firebrand, who’s running for Florida's open Senate seat, is holding an online poll where supporters can decide whether he should support Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonLabor chief: Clinton-Lynch meet not ‘planned in advance’ Clinton scheduled to interview with FBI: reports Dem platform draft adopts Sanders proposal on taxing foreign earnings MORE or Bernie SandersBernie SandersDem platform draft adopts Sanders proposal on taxing foreign earnings Sanders wins concessions in Dem draft platform Dem draft platform a full repudiation of Trump MORE at the party convention in July.

Superdelegates are free to support the candidate of their choice regardless of how their state votes.

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Clinton has a significant edge over Sanders, with the support of about 360 superdelegates across the country compared to the Vermont senator's eight, according to The Associated Press.

The results of Grayson's poll will be released ahead of Florida’s primary on March 15.

“Look, I’d be perfectly happy if our nominee were chosen exclusively in the primaries.  But 15% of the delegates to the Democratic Convention are chosen because of who they are, not whom they support,” Grayson said in an email to supporters. “And I happen to be one of them. I wrestled with that responsibility for a while, until I realized that I don’t have to decide — I can let you decide.”

“It could make one of the least democratic elements of the UnDemocratic Party into something really special — a decision Of the People, By the People and For the People,” Grayson added.

The Florida congressman hasn’t announced when voting will end and said that if the comments from supporters are “persuasive,” he’ll both vote for and officially endorse that candidate, according to BuzzFeed News, which first reported the story. 

Grayson is currently locked in a heated primary battle with Rep. Patrick Murphy (R-Fla.) for the swing seat being vacated by Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: Clinton-Lynch meeting ‘raises all sorts of red flags’ Which GOP pols will actually attend the convention? Poll: Rubio holds massive lead in primary MORE (R-Fla.), a Republican presidential contender

The Democratic establishment has rallied around Murphy and Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Nev.) recently called on Grayson to drop his Senate bid amid scrutiny over his hedge fund.

Reid’s challenge came after The New York Times published an email exchange between Grayson and top campaign staffers where they advised him to close his fund in order to avoid further media scrutiny that could damage his campaign.

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