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Clinton picks up a half delegate, making the other half whole

Clinton picks up a half delegate, making the other half whole

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's has picked up a new half delegate _ bumping her total up to a whole number.
The Democrats Abroad, a group sanctioned by the national party, has confounded delegate counters, graphic artists and political journalists since it awarded Clinton 1.5 delegates from its global primary last week. How do you explain that Clinton has 1,276.5 delegates?
Explain no more. Clinton picked up a half superdelegate on Wednesday, increasing her overall total to 1,277.
The anomaly happened because the Democrats Abroad will send 22 delegates to the Democratic national convention, each with a half vote. The system is designed to enable the group to send more people to the convention, without inflating its voting power.
The global primary, in which expatriates voted by mail, fax and the Internet, awarded nine delegates, with a total of 4.5 votes. Sen. Barack Obama won three delegate votes and Clinton won 1.5.
Democratic parties in U.S. territories use similar systems, in which they send twice the number of delegates, giving them each a half vote. But their systems are designed to ensure that that candidates do not end up with fractions of delegates.
The Democrats Abroad take it a step further. They also have twice the number of superdelegates _ eight _ and they each get a half vote. Superdelegates are elected and party officials who can vote for whomever they choose at the convention, regardless of the outcome of the primaries.
The Associated Press surveyed the Democrats Abroad superdelegates this week and found that four supported Obama and one supported Clinton. That is two votes for Obama, and a half vote for Clinton. The other three had not responded.
That gives Obama 1,373 delegates, to 1,277 for Clinton.
The breakdown:
Pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses: Obama, 1,187; Clinton, 1,035.5.
Superdelegates: Obama, 186; Clinton, 241.5.
It takes 2,025 delegates to claim the Democratic nomination.
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http://www.demsabroad.org/


Updated : 2021-04-18 02:43 GMT+08:00