Bernie Sanders Chosen by W&L's Mock Convention After "Contested Convention"

Katie Doar
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At first, no candidate won a majority of the delegates' votes. 

This resulted in a "contested convention" at W&L's Mock Con, the first of its kind since the university's imitation convention began. 

In W&L's well-drawn fiction as well as in reality, contested conventions are incredibly rare. 

To win the Democratic nomination, candidates have to pass a 1,991 delegate threshold. After the first ballot was calculated at the mock convention, Bernie Sanders had 1,642 delegates. Joseph Biden had 1,237 delegates, Michael Bloomberg had 727 delegates, Pete Buttigieg had 202 delegates, and Elizabeth Warren had 97 delegates.  

In the second ballot, automatic delegates (or superdelegates) are able to vote and, this time, the winning candidate must receive majority support from all delegates (more than 2,375 votes). A superdelegate is unpledged (not obligated through party primaries and caucuses) and so votes for themselves. Automatic delegates are usually elected officials or party activists. They make up under 15% of all convention delegates.

After a long wait during which the W&L students in attendance were encouraged to dance the "Cha-Cha Slide" (not all of them did), the results of the second ballot were announced, and Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential nomination.

Senator Sanders could not be reached on the phone, but the Mock Convention made contact with a representative from his campaign. 



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