January 27, 2008

SELECTED, NOT NOMINATED!:

A week after vote, Nevada outcome still puzzling (STUART SILVERSTEIN, 1/27/08, Los Angeles Times)

No one disputes that Clinton took away a majority in last weekend's precinct voting, defeating Obama, 51 percent to 45 percent. But since then, the two sides have argued about potentially crucial national convention delegates. Obama campaign officials quickly asserted that he narrowly edged Clinton in "pledged" national convention delegates, 13-12.

The claim was highlighted in initial reports of the caucuses, and a New York Times headline the next morning declared: "Obama 2nd, but Takes 1 More Delegate."

Political experts and party officials say that the Obama campaign's claim, at least in its original form, was wrong. The Democrats haven't awarded any national delegates from Nevada.

In a more general sense, the assertion had some foundation. Obama could win more national convention delegates if some assumptions prove to be on target.

All told, the flap highlighted some of the complexities of the presidential caucuses and the delegate-selection processes, complexities that can confound voters, and open the door to political gamesmanship.


What we wouldn't give for a Democratic primary vote-counting case to go to the Supreme Court and have Antonin Scalia in a 5-4 majority.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2008 9:28 AM
Comments

Didn't the rules specify that delegates be ranked based upon the casino they represent? Obama won the upper-tier, high-roller vote. Hillary won the slot machine vote. No surprise there.

Posted by: ratbert at January 27, 2008 10:23 AM

Yet the Dems were loudest in complaining about the complexities and unfaireness of the electoral college.

Posted by: ic at January 27, 2008 12:29 PM
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