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April 21, 2016
Both major parties in America are experiencing unprecedented presidential election seasons. Conventional wisdom is turned upside down with Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders posing a serious challenge for Hillary Clinton’s second run for the Democratic Party’s nomination, and billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump leading in Republican delegates votes. Conventional wisdom still foresees Mrs. Clinton winning the Democratic nomination, but Mr. Trump’s nomination is not yet secured, with Senator Ted Cruz in a close second place.
Both political parties are seeing outlier influence, new voters, and young voters affecting the primary process. Mrs. Clinton represents the Democratic Party’s established leadership, therefore, superdelegates are presumed to vote for her at the national convention. Mr. Trump has received a sliver of the Republican Party’s delegates, but his support primarily comes from outside the party: marginalized Democrats, new voters, and independent voters.