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American Politics 1. What are superdelegates, how are they selected, and why are they important? Superdelegates are a type of delegate sent to the Democratic National Convention. Superdelegates are not selected by voters but are seated automatically, usually because of their position as party leaders or officials. Superdelegates can support any candidate they wish during a nomination. Usually, superdelegates do not have an effect upon primaries, because the winner of the primary is often obvious by the time of the convention. However, in closely contested races, such as the current one between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, superdelegates may be the deciding factor in the outcome if the battle for delegates is still a close one by the time of the convention. 2. Are the collective action problems for committees in Congress worse than for the chambers as a whole? Why or why not? The collective action is better for the chamber as a whole, because it leads to the formation of committees, which allow for a more efficient congress. The committees divide
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