Barack Obama may have won the most delegates in Saturday’s Nevada Caucus, even though Hillary Clinton bested his statewide turnout by about six points.
A source with knowledge of the Nevada Democratic Party’s projections told The Nation that under the arcane weighting system, Obama would win 13 national convention delegates and Clinton would win 12 delegates. The state party has not released an official count yet.
So did Obama win or Hillary? Honestly, it’s pretty much a wash in the grand scheme of things, but I would venture to say that Obama did since he got more of the votes that really count. Definitely reminds me of the 2000 presidential election.
To me, this is yet another reason why we should simply get rid of all these rules and go to a popular vote across the board. Whoever gets more votes should win. Done and done.
However, This puts even MORE emphasis on who can win South Carolina, but really it’s all about Super Tuesday. The only issue there is if Hillary and Obama keep splitting these delegates so evenly, it’ll come down to the superdelegates, which appears to be a horribly flawed system.
Ends up that all the members of congress get a vote, DNC members get a vote– and that adds up to 796 superdelegates– about 20% of all the delegates available.
So far, about 350 have committed to a candidate. That leaves 440 uncommitted– about 20% of the number of delegates needed to win.
Another fun fact…Bill Clinton is a superdelegate?
All former Democratic Presidents, all former Democratic Vice Presidents, all former Democratic Leaders of the U.S. Senate, all former Democratic Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic Minority Leaders, as applicable, and all former Chairs of the Democratic National Committee.
So that means that Bill Clinton actually gets to cast a vote.
Basically, the closer it gets to the convention the less it becomes a democratic contest and more it becomes like an awards show?
And if it gets to a point where superdelegates have to decide, it could turn out to be poisonous for whoever does get the nomination. Can you imagine the fracture within the party? It would kill turnout in the general election.
Weird times ahead…
So did he or didn’t he?
Just like in Iowa, what was awarded today were delegates to the county convention. No national convention delegates were awarded. The calculations of national convention delegates being circulated are based upon an assumption that delegate preferences will remain the same between now and April 2008. We look forward to our county and state conventions where we will choose the delegates for the nominee that Nevadans support.â€
I’ll translate that for you. Barack DID win more delegates and that will be proven out in April, but they don’t want to admit it now because it’ll make their caucus system look screwy.