A superdelegate or unpledged delegate is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention or Republican National Convention that is seated automatically, based on his or her status as current (Republican and Democratic) or former (Democratic only) party leader or elected official.
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- If this avenue [of periodic political revolution] be shut to the call of sufferance, it will make itself heard through that of force, and we shall go on, as other nations are doing, in the endless circle of oppression, rebellion, reformation; and oppression, rebellion, reformation, again; and so on forever.
- Thomas Jefferson, quoted in The American Revolution of 1800: How Thomas Jefferson Rescued Democracy from Tyranny and Faction—And What This Means Today by Dan Sisson and Thom Hartmann (2014), p. 215