As if the delegate system used by the Democratic and Republican parties wasn’t confusing enough, the Democratic party throws another wrench into the nomination system: superdelegates. It isn’t just the delegates pledged after a primary or caucus that affect a candidate’s delegate count, it is also the number of superdelegates pledged before the Democratic National Convention (held this summer in Denver) that can help a candidate reach the magic number.
What is a superdelegate you ask? Yahoo! so graciously decided to post a story on their homepage answering that very question! You can find the article here, which explains what a superdelegate is, who can be a superdelegate, and why they exist in the first place.