Election geek

I promised myself I wouldn't blog about the elections, so I won't. However, the Democratic/Republican delegate counts are fair game, no? (Or am I streching it?)

This CNN website is awesome. It shows the candidates, their pledged delegates, and the numbers that it will take to secure the nomination.

Democrats have nearly twice the number of delegates as Republicans. Wyoming has only twelve Republican delegates, 8 of which went to Romney. It is any wonder none of the Republicans campaigned there? (Or any major media outlet even reported that they'd voted???)

Delegates include those chosen by the voters of the state--usually doled at proportionally to the top two or three winners. There are other delegates as well. The Democrats have 796 superdelegates. These are party insiders or already elected officials (governors, senators, whatnot), and are unpledged, that is, their can vote for whoever they want at the convention. Republicans also designate 20% of their delegates as unpledged (463 of them),but RNC unpledged delegates are party insiders, not elected officials.

At four days to the MI primary and eight to NV, the scorecard is: Obama 25, Clinton 24, Edwards 18. Romney 24, Huckabee 18, McCain 10, Thompson 6, Paul 2, Hunter 1. (As of right now, Ron Paul has more delegates than Giuliani.)

The big day is super Tuesday, when a plurality of states vote. It includes the two largest states by delegate count: NY and CA. The third-largest, TX, doesn't vote until March, when the nomination is but done.

I told a friend a while back that I thought the Presidential race would be boring, which was why I was pouring all my energies into the following the Senate and Congressional races. Well, in the immortal words of Spinden, estaba errado. This election is looking like a real contest, and it's still anyone's game. The top three candidates in each party are vying hard, which is awesome. America is getting a good look at all them. Is it any wonder that the creepy ones (Paul, Giuliani, Thomspon) aren't getting any votes?

A fun fact: Nearly twice the number of people participated in the Iowa Democratic caucus than the Republican one (which was over two times the participation from four years ago).


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