House Dem uses online poll to decide between Sanders, Clinton
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Rep. Alan GraysonAlan GraysonPennsylania Dems file ethics complaint against Rep. Barletta The Hill's 12:30 Report Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog 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 Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE or Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight 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 Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.), a Republican presidential contender

The Democratic establishment has rallied around Murphy and Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight 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.