1. I'm trying to keep our daughter informed about the 2016 election. She doesn't care about the Republicans, but she cares about the Democrats. She wants Bernie Sanders to win, because Sanders has promised to work on making college free. If this happens, Mary is hoping to use her college savings to buy a house. Good to see she's planning ahead!
2. The election has hit two states so far: Iowa and New Hampshire. In Iowa, Sanders and Clinton tied at 50% each. In New Hampshire, Sanders won with 60% of the vote, while Clinton got 38%.
3. Seems like Sanders should be in the lead, right? Ha ha, no. As a result of those two states, Clinton has 39 delegates, while Sanders has 34.
See, 80% of the delegate count is proportional. That is, Sanders and Clinton both get half of Iowa's delegates, while in New Hampshire, Sanders gets 60% of the delegates. But 20% of the delegates are "superdelegates". Superdelegates get to vote for whoever they want, no matter what the polls say. Both states have 8 superdelegates, and thanks to their support, Clinton is in the lead.
I wonder what percent of the vote you would have to win in order to secure victory, even if every superdelegate voted against you.