Super Tuesday and Delegates and Super Delegates, oh my!

So I’ve been trying my best to follow the political races and I’m getting confused beyond all reason. According to MSNBC, Obama has 838 delegates to Clinton’s 834. However when I jump over to CNN, Clinton is up with 818 while Obama is down with 730. The Associated Press (found on the homepage of NY Times website) shows that Clinton is leading Obama in the delegate count 1,000 to 902; whereas, the NY Times’ actual count is showing Obama winning 34 to Clinton’s 21. Now why are the NY Times numbers so drastically smaller than everyone else’s you might ask? Well the reason is that, “the New YorkTimes counts only delegates that have been officially selected and are bound by their preferences.”

So what does this all mean? Heck if I know. The only constant, no matter the numbers, is that the Democratic race is a close one. Now the Republican side is a different story. There are some discrepancies with the numbers for the Republican on the websites I mentioned above as well; however, they all show McCain with a large majority. This doesn’t hold true for the Democrats because some sites show Obama winning, others show Clinton in the lead.

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3 comments

  1. I was also puzzled by The New York Times not counting delegates won at the Iowa caucuses. While their site explains that Iowa’s delegates will not be officially appointed until June, it seems to me that we know how many delegates each candidate will get. Maybe the numbers can change due to candidates like Edwards dropping out? Even so, I think it would be less misleading to give the anticipated numbers with an asterisk indicating that the counts are not yet official. I do understand why some news outlets don’t want to count super delegates who could potentially change their minds.

  2. I agree. I also believe they aren’t counting the Nevada delegates at the moment either. Which is pretty much my frustration. The only thing clear out of all the spin is that it’s a close race and the DNC isn’t sure who their candidate is going to be.

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