How Clinton can end up snatching victory in Colorado from Sanders

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Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a “get out the vote” event at Nashua Community College on February 2, 2016 in Nashua, New Hampshire. A day after narrowly defeating democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton is campaigning in New Hampshire a week ahead of the state’s primary. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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DENVER -- On Super Tuesday, Colorado wasn’t even close as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the state's Democratic caucus by nearly 20 percentage points.

But after the caucus chaos settled, it is becoming increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton could win the state.

Even though Sanders won the "popular vote" in the presidential preference poll, it doesn’t mean he will win all of Colorado’s delegates.

“It’s a huge bummer. I would have liked to have seen it happen differently,” said Erin Glen, a Sanders supporter in Denver.

As a result of Super Tuesday, Sanders won 38 delegates while Clinton won 28. But because Clinton has received the endorsement of 10 of the 12 Colorado superdelegates, she has tied Sanders in the delegate count.

While both political parties have made formal statements endorsing a primary over a caucus the next go-around, analysts say that still doesn’t change the fact superdelegates play a pivotal rule in Democratic politics.

“Every state has superdelegates,” professor Peter Hanson of the University of Denver said. “Superdelegates have been a part of Democratic politics since the 1970s. The party holds some power for itself through superdelegates.”

Two Colorado superdelegates remain uncommitted. If they endorse Clinton, she will win the state. Top elected leaders and state Democratic Party leaders are the superdelegates.

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