Nov 13, 2015 12:47 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Power players in the California Democratic Party are already lining up behind former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's presidential nomination.
A survey by The Associated Press of superdelegates from California to the party convention finds that more than half already are backing Clinton over former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Superdelegates are delegates to the Democratic National Convention who can support the candidate of their choice.
With 712 votes at next summer's convention, superdelegates make up about 30 percent of the 2,382 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. The AP reached out to all of them and found 359 have committed to Clinton.
They include Rep. Janice Hahn of California, who says the party has never had a candidate as qualified as Clinton.
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