Clinton is beating Sanders 'by every possible democratic measure,' The Washington Post explains

Bernie Sanders is losing, The Washington Post reminds people
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In party nominating contests, the only metric that really counts is delegates, and that has always been true — you get the most delegates, you win. These contests, run by political parties, have become more democratic over time, but "the nomination process exists as a sort of demi-democratic process in which elections were retrofit to work with the internal decision-making processes of each party," says Philip Bump at The Washington Post. "So there are still vestiges of weirdness: caucuses, unpledged delegates and superdelegates, and the conventions themselves."

This weirdness has led to Donald Trump saying "the system is rigged, it's crooked," on Fox News on Monday, after rival Ted Cruz took all 34 of Colorado's Republican delegates in party conventions last week. "There was no voting.... it's a crooked deal," Trump griped. And it has led to Bernie Sanders supporters aggressively going after Democratic superdelegates to switch their support from Hillary Clinton to Sanders, because Sanders has won eight of the last nine contests but gained no ground. The Sanders campaign is even suggesting the Democrats will have an open convention, because superdelegates don't count or might dump Clinton to match the will of the voters.

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.