For some weeks now, supporters of Mr. Sanders have been saying that he should get the nomination even if he enters the convention with plurality, but not majority, of delegates. Mr. Sanders has had a commanding in lead in the polls and a microscopic share of delegates during that time.
Mr. Biden may well win a plurality of delegates awarded on Super Tuesday. Even though Mr. Sanders may “win” CA overall, the current (Wednesday morning, 4-Mar-2020) returns suggest that Mr. Sanders will gain at most 30-40 delegates from California. We might very well end up in a real delegate horse race by the end of the week.
I therefore want to resume a discussion we had earlier, with the shoe on a different foot now. If the candidates go into the convention with Mr. Biden having a plurality and not majority of delegates, what nominee is best for the party as a whole? What process for selecting the nominee leads to the best outcome?
To be specific, suppose we go into convention with the following delegate shares:
Joe Biden: 49%
Bernie Sanders: 48%
What is the best outcome and process for getting to that outcome?