Friday, January 11, 2008

Who really won in New Hampshire?

Within all the analysis of the primaries, there is one fact that is rarely mentioned. Clinton didn't win in New Hampshire--she got more votes, but the same number of delegates as Obama. See Slate's explanation of why both candidates got 9 delegates. Iowa is pretty much the same, with Obama only receiving a couple more delegates than Clinton. And Edwards is still in the race.

I don't understand how the media gets away with hyping these results as so much more meaningful than they are. For instance, many have said that if Obama had won New Hampshire, instead of Clinton, that the race would have been over. But if the percentages had flipped the they still would each have received the same number of delegates.

Meanwhile, there doesn't appear to be an active Green Party in New Hampshire.


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