By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Democrats have rejected a proposal to punish superdelegates that vote for Hillary Clinton at the party’s national nominating convention.

Supporters of Bernie Sanders argued that because the Vermont senator won Utah’s Democratic presidential caucus by a large margin, any Utah superdelegates backing Clinton are ignoring the voice of the people.

Superdelegates are delegates to the Democratic National Convention who can support the candidate of their choice, regardless of what happens in primaries and caucuses.

The Utah Democratic Central Committee rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have punished Clinton backers by kicking them out of party positions and withholding support should they run for office. Committee members noted the proposal would have violated national Democratic Party rules.

Democrats instead passed a resolution urging the national party stop using superdelegates altogether.

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