Nancy Pelosi's daughter pushing for elimination of superdelegates

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


The party issued a resolution urging the Democratic National Committee to change its nominating rules for the 2020 presidential election. Though it doesn't have any official power, it is a symbolic statement from the state that holds the largest primary. 

Among those supporters of the resolution was the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The minority leader endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE ahead of the Golden State's primary earlier this month. Clinton has benefited from the superdelegate system, while her opponent, Bernie SandersBernie SandersTo break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa MORE, has railed against it. 

"It's very exciting and healing for our party to be able to make a strong statement that we believe in democracy and that leaders should never trump the will of the voters," said Christine Pelosi, a California superdelegate. 

Superdelegates have played a prominent role in the 2016 election, as Sanders has argued they play an unfair part in the nominating process. 

Superdelegates, who are elected officials and party leaders, are not bound by the election results of the state they represent and can support any candidate they want. Sanders says they should support the winner of their state's primary or caucuses. 

The California resolution calls for Democratic governors and members of Congress to lose their status as superdelegates. They would instead attend the convention as nonvoting guests. Members of the Democratic National Committee would still be superdelegates but would no longer have to say whom they intend to support before the convention.

The resolution also calls for replacing all state caucuses with state primaries. Critics say caucuses have low turnout and favor people who have the time to attend them.

Sanders won most of the caucuses this year, while Clinton took most of the primaries.