Congressional Black Caucus: Keep superdelegate system in place
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The Congressional Black Caucus is against eliminating superdelegates, putting the group at odds with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points GE employees urge company to use laid-off workers to make ventilators MORE

In a letter first reported by Politico, the CBC also said it is against allowing independents and Republicans to vote in Democratic primaries. 

Both suggestions have been championed by the Sanders campaign. 


"The Democratic Members of the Congressional Black Caucus recently voted unanimously to oppose any suggestion or idea to eliminate the category of Unpledged Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (aka Super Delegates) and the creation of uniform open primaries in all states," says the letter.

It was sent to both Democratic presidential campaigns, as well as to Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP embraces big stimulus after years of decrying it Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate Winners and losers from Super Tuesday MORE (Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“We want to participate as delegates and that's why this superdelegates system was created in the beginning, so members would not have to run against their own constituents,” said Chairman G.K Butterfield.

Superdelegates have been a flashpoint in the Democratic primary, pitting supporters of Sanders against those backing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll With VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world MORE

The state Democratic Party in California on Sunday called for the elimination of the use of superdelegates, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Among those supporters of the resolution was Pelosi's daughter. Pelosi endorsed Clinton ahead of the Golden State's primary earlier this month.