Now that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has quit the Democratic Party primary for the presidency, her superdelegates have to find a new candidate.

A superdelegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention is a person who is automatically a delegate to the convention because of their longstanding role as a Democrat. Elected officials like U.S. senators and representatives and state governors are superdelegates if they are in good standing as Democrats.

Sen. Warren had the support of numerous Massachusetts elected officials who are also superdelegates this year, and now they are free to go with Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders if they have a chance to vote. Actually they have the right to vote for any candidate they want to at the convention if the vote goes beyond the first ballot.

Some of the superdelegates have more at stake than others this year.

Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III and U.S. Senator Edward Markey both endorsed Warren in the primary for president. They are also running against each other in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate this year. If they have the opportunity to vote at the convention, it will be before their supporters get a chance to vote for them in the September state primary.

If the nomination for president is decided by superdelegates at the Milwaukee convention, it is likely that the nominee won't be socialist Bernie Sanders, and his supporters will be angry and feel cheated. How will the Bernie supporters feel about Markey and Kennedy if they vote to give away the nomination to someone other than their leader?

Every vote counts in a state primary election, given the relatively small turnout. Kennedy and Markey are going to have a decision to make and I assume they are going to try to be on the same side in Milwaukee. That isn't great news for Bernie.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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