Record turnout across the country in the Democratic primaries, with the majority of the popular vote going to Obama. But, curb your enthusiasm, delegates are what matter here – and Clinton and Obama are essentially even (1,446 and 1,535 respectively including most of yesterday’s delegates; Obama needs 489 to win, Clinton 578 ; 256 SuperDelegates remain undeclared out of 712).
For you glutonous politcal junkies, read Geraldine Ferraro’s editorial on why the Democratic primary system is the way it is. For even more arcane analysis read Eric Black’s article in MinnPost about the brokered 1924 Democratic convention that went 16 days and 103 ballots.
Here’s a great summary of yesterday’s results from DCW:
|% Vote In||% Clinton||%Obama||Delegates Clinton||Delegates Obama|
|Previously Pledged Delegates (AP)
|Total Pledged Delegates
|Delegates Still Needed to Win Nomination||578||489|
Source for Vote Percentage is CNN. Source for Delegates is CBS and AP. Source for Superdelegates is DCW
As if the Democratic primary weren’t interesting enough, could the Democratic nominee win a popular vote landslide but lose the Electoral college? As James Boyce points out, it is a distinct possiblity.
Electoral College in 2000:
Electoral College 2004: