Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said hed drop out of the 2020 race if former Vice President Joe Biden had the most delegates going into the Democratic National Convention in July.
Delegates are awarded based on vote counts in states.
“If Biden walks into the convention, or at the end of the process, has more votes than me, hes the winner,” Sanders said on Wednesday night during an appearance on MSNBCs “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
If a contender ends up with a plurality of votes but a brokered convention takes place, Sanders said, it would be a “real disaster for the Democratic party.”
“People would say the person who won the most votes didnt get selected. Not a good idea,” he said.
A brokered convention, which would likely take place if no candidate wins a majority of the delegates, involves additional rounds of voting. Superdelegates, who arent involved in the initial round, join the fray. The automatic delegates are usually a mix of elected officials from the state theyre representing.
As of Thursday, Biden, 77, was in the lead with 566 delegates, followed by Sanders, 78, who has 501.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70, is a distant third with 61 delegates.
Sanders last month was the only Democratic candidate at a debate to express support for the idea that the candidate who has the plurality of votes heading into the Democratic National Convention should automatically get the nomination.
When a moderator floated the scenario of no candidates with a majority heading into the convention, Sanders noted the involvement of superdelegates before telling tRead More – Source