Five of North Carolina’s 14 democratic superdelegates have spoken out about who they’d prefer for the democratic nominee, all in support of Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press reached out to all 712 Democratic superdelegates in the nation and heard back from 80 percent when it released its information last week.
According to the organization's results, 359 super delegates supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-V.T., and former governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley trailed far behind with eight and two supporters, respectively.
Superdelegates are unpledged current or former party leaders or elected officials who are free to vote for any candidate at a presidential primary convention.
“What is happening on the democratic side is that everybody is pretty much falling in line with Hillary Clinton,” said Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College.
This is unsurprising for Bitzer, who said Clinton is the likely frontrunner because of her recognition as former First Lady and established position in politics. He said super delegates feel they know who they are dealing with because of her previous experience and exposure.
But Niko House, president of Carolina Students For Bernie Sanders, said the results suggest politicians are voting for who they believe is a safe bet.
“Established politicians are going with what they are comfortable with and what they think will grant them the most security in the near future,” House said. “And by doing that, I’d say that they’re jumping the gun.”
Bitzer said the relative lack of name recognition for Sanders and O’Malley contributes to their lower results.