Jan. 4th Dem Delegate Count: Clinton 52%; Obama 20%; Edwards 14%
Here's what most people don't know about the Democratic Party's voting process: You don't elect people directly; you elect delegates, who actually elect people. And 20% of those Democratic Party delegates are known as superdelegates.
The Democratic National Convention, where the Democratic presidential ticket is formally agreed upon, has 796 superdelegates. Superdelegates to the Democratic Convention include all Democratic members of the United States Congress, various additional elected officials, as well as members of the Democratic National Committee.
A candidate needs a simple majority of the combined delegate and superdelegate votes to secure the nomination. Democratic delegates from state caucuses and primaries number 3253. This means that the total number of votes is approximately 4000, so superdelegates account for approximately one fifth (19.7%) of all votes at the convention. Delegates chosen in the Democratic caucuses and primaries account for about four fifths (80.3%) of the Democratic convention delegates.
So, here's how the Dem prez primary race really looks this morning:
Get it? Got it? Good.
I know it sounds weird, but consider the Republican Party's alternative:
As of the 2008 nominating cycle, the Republican Party does not have superdelegates. It does, however, have 463 unpledged delegates, 123 of whom are Republican National Committee members.
Imagine that! Supersecret backroom superdelegates who pull the strings without ever having to stand up and publicly announce whom they support for the presidency.
Sounds like a recipe for blackmail to me.
Typical Repuke approach.
Meanwhile, in Michigan...
Democratic candidates John Edwards, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden have withdrawn their names from the ballot to satisfy Iowa and New Hampshire, which were unhappy Michigan was challenging their leadoff status on the primary calendar.
That leaves Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dennis Kucinich,
Chris Dodd, Mike Gravel and "uncommitted," as the choices on the Democratic ballot in Michigan.
156 Michigan delegates up for grabs, and no one believes they won't be seated at the convention?
Ripe for the Clinton picking.
Welcome to the real world of presidential politics, y'all.
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