Hillary Clinton is leading Bernie Sanders in the polls, with 67 percent of Democratic voters giving her the victory in a recent debate, according to a Public Policy Polling Survey. Now, the people who will cast ballots at the Democratic convention next summer are also overwhelmingly in Clinton's favor by margin of 45-1, according to the Associated Press.
Delgates at the Democratic convention are elected to vote for the candidate they support. Superdelegates are unelected delegates who can support any candidate they choose. In an Associated Press poll of 712 superdelegates, 359 said that they would cast their ballots for Clinton at the Democratic convention. Only eight said that they would vote for Sanders.
One early supporter of Clinton is Alabama county commissioner Unzell Kelley. "She has the experience necessary not only to lead this country, she has experience politically that I think will help her through a tough campaign," said Kelley, AP noted.
Clinton has actively reached out to superdelegates to gain their support in her 2016 campaign. She assumed in 2008 that she would have an early lead in delegates and let Barack Obama outwork her to gain delegate support.
"I think she's learned from her previous campaign," added Kelley. "She's learned what to do, what to say, what not to say - which just adds to her electability."
While Clinton has a majority of support from many superdelegates, some are still undecided and have questions about her trustworthiness.
"If it boils down to anything, I'm not sure about the trust factor," said Danica Oparnica, an Arizona delegate, AP reported. "She has been known to tell some outright lies and I can't tolerate that."
Though Clinton has a large lead in superdelegates, her camp insists that she is not taking her front-runner status for granted.
"Our campaign is working hard to earn the support of every caucus goer, primary voter and grass-roots and grass-top leaders," said Clinton campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson. "Since day one we have not taken this nomination for granted and that will not change."