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Old 02-29-2020, 11:33 PM
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March 3rd
Alabama
American Samoa
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Maine
Massachusetts
Minnesota
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia

I am not voting since my only choices were Donald Trump and 6 people I've never heard of. I'm trying to get people to vote for Klobuchar but after SC I don't think that's going very far.

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Let's order this list by number of delegates:

Code:
415	California primary
228	Texas primary
110	North Carolina primary
99	Virginia primary
91	Massachusetts primary
75	Minnesota primary
67	Colorado primary
64	Tennessee primary
52	Alabama primary
37	Oklahoma primary
31	Arkansas primary
29	Utah primary
24	Maine primary
16	Vermont primary
6	American Samoa caucuses
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I see a lot of Bernie stans on Twitter reassuring themselves that the black vote in Super Tuesday states looks stronger in polls for their man than the blowout in South Carolina. But Nate Silver says black voters tend to decide late and shift to the establishment candidate at the end. If this happens on Tuesday, I will be very happyóbecause I think itís a terrible mistake to nominate Bernie, and I will feel like African Americans saved us from that fate. But that makes me wonder if people on the Bernie side are going to start feeling racial resentment, since it was also black voters that denied him the nomination in 2016 (Iím pretty sure he actually won more votes than Hillary among whites, although it was close).

Hopefully they are progressive enough not to go down that road, but it is human nature if you have your hopes and dreams loaded up on a certain outcome and an identifiable group of people repeatedly thwarts you.

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I see a lot of Bernie stans on Twitter reassuring themselves that the black vote in Super Tuesday states looks stronger in polls for their man than the blowout in South Carolina. But Nate Silver says black voters tend to decide late and shift to the establishment candidate at the end. If this happens on Tuesday, I will be very happyóbecause I think itís a terrible mistake to nominate Bernie, and I will feel like African Americans saved us from that fate. But that makes me wonder if people on the Bernie side are going to start feeling racial resentment, since it was also black voters that denied him the nomination in 2016 (Iím pretty sure he actually won more votes than Hillary among whites, although it was close).

Hopefully they are progressive enough not to go down that road, but it is human nature if you have your hopes and dreams loaded up on a certain outcome and an identifiable group of people repeatedly thwarts you.
There is kind of a racial division among minorities right now though, on top of the age division.

Latinos seem to be going to Bernie while blacks are going towards Biden. Sanders is making inroads with blacks, but I think Biden is still the leader.

So there is the age gap and ideological gap, but also a racial gap between minorities.

Not sure if that will cause problems.
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There is kind of a racial division among minorities right now though, on top of the age division.

Latinos seem to be going to Bernie while blacks are going towards Biden. Sanders is making inroads with blacks, but I think Biden is still the leader.

So there is the age gap and ideological gap, but also a racial gap between minorities.

Not sure if that will cause problems.
I wonder how much of the Latinx/Black gap is an artifact of the age gap? (Clearly not all of it.) The Latinx eligible voter population is skewed much younger than the Black eligible voting population.

The votes Tuesday really are the strongest test yet of a major element of Sanders' electability theory. If he can get the traditionally non-voting blocs young and Latinx voters to come out to the polls in large numbers Tuesday he will dominate California and Texas, moving significantly ahead, and providing actual evidence that he can do that. If not? He may win those states but much more narrowly, and his electability theory deflates three notches.
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This is the big one - go Bernie! We'll know the true state of the race after Tues.
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Bernie will have a good night on Tuesday. I don't see any scenario in which he doesn't win more contests and delegates, and he will likely win Texas and California. But Biden probably holds the South and Southeast going forward.
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March 3rd
Alabama
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Colorado
Maine
Massachusetts
Minnesota
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia

I am not voting since my only choices were Donald Trump and 6 people I've never heard of. I'm trying to get people to vote for Klobuchar but after SC I don't think that's going very far.
So Biden and Sanders are the new kids on the block to you?
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So Biden and Sanders are the new kids on the block to you?
He probably is a registered Republican and Colorado (his location says near Denver) has closed primaries. So he probably means the other Republican candidates.

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He probably is a registered Republican and Colorado (his location says near Denver) has closed primaries. So he probably means the other Republican candidates.
Saint Cad is in Colorado and a Republican. Here are his choices:

Robert Ardini
Zoltan Istvan
Matthew John Matern
Donald Trump
Bill Weld
Joe Walsh

On top of that Joe Walsh dropped out on February 7th.

I guess Bill Weld is not a household name, but mail in ballots went out on February 10th which seems like more than enough time to Google those nine characters if not all six names.

Also... Zoltan Istvan? I think he was a minor bad guy on the old G.I. Joe cartoon. You don't need to know anything else about him to know that he deserves your vote.

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Super Tuesday:
(Posted by a Sanders fan on Facebook)

Alabama: No polling (52)
American Samoa (caucus): No polling (6)
Arkansas: One poll, Bloomberg +1 (2/6) (31)
California: Sanders +18 (possible no other candidate is viable) (415)
Colorado: Sanders +13 (67)
Maine: One Poll, Sanders +9 (2/13) (24)
Massachusetts: Sanders +4 (91)
Minnesota: Klobuchar +6 (75)
North Carolina: Biden +3 (110)
Oklahoma: Biden +1 (37)
Tennessee: No polling (64)
Texas: Sanders +9 (228)
Vermont: Sanders +38 (possible no other candidate is viable) (16)
Virginia: Sanders +6 (99)
Utah: Sanders +13 (29)

Wrap-up:

Sanders leading in 8 states
Biden leading in 2 states
Bloomberg leading in 1 state (Arkansas, by one percent)
Klobuchar leading in 1 state (MN, her home)
No Polling: Three states

Buttigeig: Not leading any states
Warren: Not leading any states
Gabbard: Not leading any states

Gabbard has won zero delegates so far
Warren: three straight events with zero delegates
Buttigeig: two straight events with zero delegates
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If Sanders wins all the delegates in states he leads in the polls (impossible) and zero delegates in other states (also impossible), he would win 969 delegates of the 1990 needed for a nomination on the first ballot. He'd be a bit more than halfway there counting the delegates he has already won.
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Nitpick: the Democrats Abroad have their primary on Super Tuesday as well.

I think it's a two man race now. Biden gets a bump out of SC, clears the 15% in CA and comes close if not wins TX. Kloubuchar, Warren, and Buttigieg drop out Wednesday. Maybe even Bloomberg if he becomes convinced that Biden will beat Bernie.

The question of the moment: does Sanders have a ceiling? I think yes, he has maybe 30% of the Democrats who support him but no more.
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Nitpick: the Democrats Abroad have their primary on Super Tuesday as well.

I think it's a two man race now. Biden gets a bump out of SC, clears the 15% in CA and comes close if not wins TX. Kloubuchar, Warren, and Buttigieg drop out Wednesday. Maybe even Bloomberg if he becomes convinced that Biden will beat Bernie.

The question of the moment: does Sanders have a ceiling? I think yes, he has maybe 30% of the Democrats who support him but no more.
Sanders has a 30% ceiling in a 6 person race, but as 2016 shows his ceiling is higher in a 2 person race.

Assuming several candidates drop out later this week, some will go to Bernie.

I could see Klob, Buttigieg and Warren dropping out later this week.
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The question of the moment: does Sanders have a ceiling? I think yes, he has maybe 30% of the Democrats who support him but no more.
I would think that Bernie has 100% of the Democrats who support him. Certainly no more.

It looks like that 15% threshold is going to decide this race. Biden and Bernie probably make it in almost every state (certainly Bernie) but if another candidate cannot consistently win at least 15%, there is no brokered convention as Biden and Bernie will slug it out and the winner will by definition have a majority of delegates.

I think the outcome of this race depends on Bloomberg. Not that he will win, but whether he causes a brokered convention by denying Sanders a majority.
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Nitpick: the Democrats Abroad have their primary on Super Tuesday as well.
Reply nitpick: It starts on Super Tuesday, and ends a week later, so results will not be known before 3/11.
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On top of all that the primary is for president only. There are no down ballot races to vote on Tuesday. Colorado is still using their caucus system on March 7th for other offices.
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On top of all that the primary is for president only. There are no down ballot races to vote on Tuesday. Colorado is still using their caucus system on March 7th for other offices.
It's even more confusing that that. The March 7 caucuses are one, but not the only, way to qualify to be on the Colorado primary ballot for offices other than president. The primary takes place on June 30 (or more accurately, primary polls close on June 30 since Colorado is 100% mail in).

The June 30 primary decides who will appear on the ballot in November.
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He probably is a registered Republican and Colorado (his location says near Denver) has closed primaries. So he probably means the other Republican candidates.
Ah. Okay. That makes more sense.
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I was going to vote Yang then Steyer. I might end up with none of the above which is an option here.
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Someone posted all the 2-candidate preferences by polling from last week or so - Bernie beat every other Democrat, with wide margins against all but 2, IIRC - Warren and Biden (Warren was closest but still lost to Bernie).
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Also, and I hate to be that guy, but this polling seems to be extremely volatile such that they should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt. Look at SC...Biden was up big for a long time, and as little as a week ago, Bernie was up by 7 points and Biden ends up winning by 30.

I think Bernie certainly takes a hit after SC. Maybe he still wins, but only by 5 instead of 20.
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Look at SC...Biden was up big for a long time, and as little as a week ago, Bernie was up by 7 points and Biden ends up winning by 30.
Where are you getting your information? I don't think this happened.
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What UltraVires said.
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Google?

You could at least register a protest vote for Not Trump, by voting for one of the others. I don't suppose that'll help much; but it's something.

(this comment presuming that you are indeed registered Republican.)
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Right? He's had his ballot for over two weeks now.

He's started several threads about the Democratic primary in that time period, but couldn't be bothered to Google five names on a ballot that is only voting for one office.
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Google?

You could at least register a protest vote for Not Trump, by voting for one of the others. I don't suppose that'll help much; but it's something.

(this comment presuming that you are indeed registered Republican.)
I did Google them but the point is all of the other candidates together may add up to 1% of the vote.
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That 15% threshold is a huge boost to Bernie at the moment. Ensuring that numerous votes for Buttigieg, Klob, Warren etc. go for naught.
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This was my first time voting on Super Tuesday or in a presidential primary that actually matters, as I moved from Illinois to Colorado last month.
It looks like Sanders is a lock to win CO, with all the rest of the candidates battling it out just to get to the 15% threshold for delegates. I voted for Pete. He is ultimately the best one left standing, but I would've preferred Yang, Inslee or Hickenlooper.
Although I predict Warren will come in 2nd here, and Biden in 3rd.

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Where are you getting your information? I don't think this happened.
You're right. One week ago Biden was up 4 points, 27-23. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/202...election_usmap

He wins by 30 one week later. My point stands.

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Right? He's had his ballot for over two weeks now.

He's started several threads about the Democratic primary in that time period, but couldn't be bothered to Google five names on a ballot that is only voting for one office.
There is a cost/benefit to things and time is valuable. How much time should the poster devote to researching also ran joke candidates against Trump in the Republican primary? Do you think Trump might lose renomination if people just looked at these quality candidates?
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You're right. One week ago Biden was up 4 points, 27-23. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/202...election_usmap

He wins by 30 one week later. My point stands.
You might be right about this, but your link doesn't support your claim. Even if it did support your claim, reality was 11 points different than original claim so I'm not sure your point does stand or even what your point is.

Why don't you get your facts straight, make a clear claim, and then link to the data that supports it?

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There is a cost/benefit to things and time is valuable. How much time should the poster devote to researching also ran joke candidates against Trump in the Republican primary? Do you think Trump might lose renomination if people just looked at these quality candidates?
I think someone who posts in this forum as much as Saint Cad has over this election cycle and the 2016 election cycle should know who Bill Weld is. Barring that, I think such a person should probably keep their ignorance to themselves rather than bragging about it when starting thread after thread about a primary that they are refusing to participate in.

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Dude the only reason you are stanning for Pete so hard is because he is a white gay guy in his 30s just like you. That's it. If a black straight woman, or whatever other identity permutation, with the same exact resume and experience as Buttigieg was running instead, you would be dismissing them and mocking their supporters just like you constantly do with the other 2 dozen candidates running.

Congratulations for buying so hard into identity politics I guess. I see it every time I go to a gay bar... White 30-something guys in Pete 2020 shirts everywhere. Sorry to break it to you, but there aren't enough white gay men in this country to hand Buttigieg the nomination, especially when his support among black voters is effectively zero.
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What's funny is that a year ago he DID offer new ideas and promised structural change. When he started his campaign, his focus was on electoral reform, modernizing the judiciary and increasing participation in civil service.

But in the past few months he has pivoted to become the favorite pet of millionaire donors and transformed himself into someone's idea of a mini-Biden. The metamorphosis is so complete that even political junkies who have been following the soft primary since last year have completely forgotten about Pete 1.0.

I liked the old Buttigieg a lot more than this weird, almost creepy focus-grouped creation that's running now.
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This was my first time voting on Super Tuesday or in a presidential primary that actually matters, as I moved from Illinois to Colorado last month.
It looks like Sanders is a lock to win CO, with all the rest of the candidates battling it out just to get to the 15% threshold for delegates. I voted for Pete. He is ultimately the best one left standing, but I would've preferred Yang, Inslee or Hickenlooper.
Although I predict Warren will come in 2nd here, and Biden in 3rd.
I think I have settled my opinion of you.
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I think I have settled my opinion of you.
And what's that? That out of a half dozen pretty bad candidates, I voted for the the least bad one, as I usually do.
Sanders was a lock to win CO, so I figured I might as well vote for a gay guy for the first time in my life to show solidarity even though he had no chance.
Meaningless gesture but so are these pointless years-long primaries.
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I think everyone will get it if I leave it untyped.
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Nate Silver projecting a close Super Tuesday: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features...-tuesday-race/

Some takeaways: Texas is close. It doesn't really matter who wins because of the proportionality the winner will only get a couple more delegates anyways. Warren and Bloomberg hovering around 15% in many, many states.

That is the perverse part of this 15% rule. Let's say we have Bernie 30%, Biden 24%, and Bloomberg 15%. If you are a moderate voter who supports Biden, it is to your tactical advantage to vote for Bloomberg in this scenario.

Should the vote change to Bernie 30%, Biden 25%, and Bloomberg 14%, then Bloomberg gets nothing and his delegates are reallocated proportionally to Bernie and Biden. If he gets 15%, then he gets his full proportion, which is in effect all anti-Bernie votes. Say 15% gets you 60 delegates.

If Bloomy gets 14% then those 60 delegates are probably given 32-28 for Bernie. If Bloomy gets 15%, then he gets all 60, making 60 anti-Bernie votes. That is a net -64 delegate loss for Bernie based on a different third place candidate who you aren't worried about getting an additional 1% (or indeed a fraction of 1%).

Likewise if Warren breaches 15% then that is actually better for Bernie than him convincing that extra 1% of Warren voters to vote for him!! The 15% rule makes it better in this situation to lose votes to a like-minded candidate.
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Likewise if Warren breaches 15% then that is actually better for Bernie than him convincing that extra 1% of Warren voters to vote for him!! The 15% rule makes it better in this situation to lose votes to a like-minded candidate.
Except that the only reason that Warren is still in the race is to prevent Sanders from winning and ensure a brokered convention, which everyone but Sanders now views as to their benefit. "Like-minded candidate" is just a narrative gloss on what's actually going on. In reality, everyone who isn't Sanders is aiming to keep Sanders from having a majority.
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You might be right about this, but your link doesn't support your claim. Even if it did support your claim, reality was 11 points different than original claim so I'm not sure your point does stand or even what your point is.

Why don't you get your facts straight, make a clear claim, and then link to the data that supports it?



I think someone who posts in this forum as much as Saint Cad has over this election cycle and the 2016 election cycle should know who Bill Weld is. Barring that, I think such a person should probably keep their ignorance to themselves rather than bragging about it when starting thread after thread about a primary that they are refusing to participate in.
Sorry, wrong link: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com...outh-carolina/

Bottom part of the page, poll release 2/24. An A+ rated poll of Likely Voters shows Biden +4. Biden was +30. That's a 26 point swing. One below it shows Biden +1, a 29 point swing.

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Except that the only reason that Warren is still in the race is to prevent Sanders from winning and ensure a brokered convention, which everyone but Sanders now views as to their benefit. "Like-minded candidate" is just a narrative gloss on what's actually going on. In reality, everyone who isn't Sanders is aiming to keep Sanders from having a majority.
Is there something wrong with this math? Assume a state has 100 delegates. Assume Warren's delegates will vote for Bernie when she drops out.

If the primary results are Biden 45%, Bernie 45% and Warren 10%, then Bernie and Biden each get 45 delegates. As Warren did not meet the threshold, her votes are reallocated such that the top two get 5 each and the final delegate haul is Bernie 50, Biden 50.

Now imagine Bernie sees this and asks certain of his supporters to vote for Warren. The new results are Biden 45%, Bernie 40%, Warren 15%. This means that after Warren gives up the ghost Bernie now has 55 delegates to Biden's 45.

By losing 5% of the vote to a different candidate and coming in second instead of first (assume he originally won by a few hundred votes), and presumably being less popular with the party, Bernie goes from a tie in delegates to plus 10. How does that make sense?

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Now imagine Bernie sees this and asks certain of his supporters to vote for Warren. The new results are Biden 45%, Bernie 40%, Warren 15%. This means that after Warren gives up the ghost Bernie now has 55 delegates to Biden's 45.
You had me up to here. It seems to assume that Warren would support Bernie after dropping out. Maybe she would. But her delegates aren't bound to vote as she sees fit, they're bound to her. Once she releases her delegates they could vote for whoever.
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Is there something wrong with this math? Assume a state has 100 delegates. Assume Warren's delegates will vote for Bernie when she drops out.
My point is that not only should we not assume that, Warren has said the opposite of this. Like I said, the whole point of everyone's campaign who is not Sanders at this point is to prevent Sanders from getting a majority, get to a brokered convention, not nominate Sanders, and [...] profit. For anyone who is not a legitimate threat to beat Sanders directly (i.e. anyone but Biden), your only hope is to get to the convention and then have weird shit happen.

It would make no sense for Warren to be in the race right now attacking Sanders and having aides telling reporters their focus is on blunting Sanders' momentum, and then hand off support to him by dropping out. If Warren wanted to give delegates to Sanders, there would be a very simple and easy way to do that. She's doing the other thing. The only thing suggesting Warren/Sanders cooperation at this point is just that bare assumption based on the thinking that Warren is the furthest left other candidate. Every other indication is that she's just the furthest left of the Stop Sanders coalition.

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“Your Bathysphere is filled with tar,”
Said Buttigieg
To Klobuchar.

“A condor perched upon the ledge,”
Said Klobuchar
To Buttigieg.
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Old 03-01-2020, 05:00 PM
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ďYour Bathysphere is filled with tar,Ē
Said Buttigieg
To Klobuchar.

ďA condor perched upon the ledge,Ē
Said Klobuchar
To Buttigieg.
I was thinking this exact thing earlier today.

More or less.
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Old 03-01-2020, 05:13 PM
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I was thinking this exact thing earlier today.

More or less.
Sorry, folks!

Just feeling a bit Edward leery of the whole situation.
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BTW we just lost Buttigieg. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/01/polit...ign/index.html

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During the flight? I would have been pissed if I had reservations in Dallas or was planning to meet friends. Dude could have at least told them prior to the flight.
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But more on topic, I think that gives Biden a few points in each state.
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Yeah, Amy Klobuchar needs to get the same clue. I was strongly supporting her after NH, but given what's happened since she needs to get out ASAP and stop being a spoiler.


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This was my first time voting on Super Tuesday or in a presidential primary that actually matters, as I moved from Illinois to Colorado last month.
It looks like Sanders is a lock to win CO, with all the rest of the candidates battling it out just to get to the 15% threshold for delegates. I voted for Pete.

Whoops. This is why I don't vote early in primaries. Too much chance you might waste your vote on someone who drops out in the interim.


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Assume Warren's delegates will vote for Bernie when she drops out.

I wouldn't assume this. I have a hunch, based on the tack she has been taking the past few days, that she wants to have enough leverage to get Biden to team up with her as a ticket at a brokered convention.


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During the flight? I would have been pissed if I had reservations in Dallas or was planning to meet friends. Dude could have at least told them prior to the flight.

I can see why they'd potentially be annoyed, but they would have to literally quit their jobs at that moment to still go to Dallas. Their employers will definitely expect them to go cover his dropout speech and try to question him about whether he'll endorse Biden.
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I wouldn't assume this. I have a hunch, based on the tack she has been taking the past few days, that she wants to have enough leverage to get Biden to team up with her as a ticket at a brokered convention.
This brings up an interesting question which I'm sure has been answered somewhere. If I am elected to the convention as a delegate pledged to Warren, but she drops out or "suspends" her campaign, how does my pledge now work? Am I a free agent or do I have to vote as Warren decrees? For how many ballots?

If it is the first, then what Warren says means little because her supporters would likely align with Bernie and probably wouldn't care if she had struck some kind of cozy deal for a cabinet spot with Biden.
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This brings up an interesting question which I'm sure has been answered somewhere. If I am elected to the convention as a delegate pledged to Warren, but she drops out or "suspends" her campaign, how does my pledge now work? Am I a free agent or do I have to vote as Warren decrees? For how many ballots?
Well, technically you don't "have to" vote for anybody; the only rule is the "in all good conscience" rule. If you are convinced that the people who voted for Warren that got you in as a delegate want someone else, you have a case to vote for someone else.

The short version is, unless you have to vote for Warren, you can vote for anybody; she can't make you vote for someone else. She can "suggest" someone, but that's about it.

"I am under the impression that," if she only "suspends" her campaign and does not officially withdraw her nomination, you have to vote for her for as long as she's running. (Someone else claims that all delegates are released after the first ballot, but I have seen no such rule anywhere.) Then again, if she decides not to have her name placed into nomination in the first place, then you can now vote for anybody.
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This brings up an interesting question which I'm sure has been answered somewhere. If I am elected to the convention as a delegate pledged to Warren, but she drops out or "suspends" her campaign, how does my pledge now work? Am I a free agent or do I have to vote as Warren decrees? For how many ballots?

If it is the first, then what Warren says means little because her supporters would likely align with Bernie and probably wouldn't care if she had struck some kind of cozy deal for a cabinet spot with Biden.

I have been dying to know the answer to this question. I posed it here in GQ, and my memory of the thread was that no one really knew for sure. I posed it on the Triple Nine Society group, and they didn't really know either. Many articles assume that candidates can "horse trade" with "their" delegates, but it's totally unclear if that's actually how it works.

However, I'm not sure you're right about how individual Warren delegates would feel. I think a lot of them are mad at Bernie about the dustup they had over whether a woman could win, the confrontation at the debate, etc.
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Bernie Bro protestors shut down an Amy event tonight.

Sorry that Amy has to get a taste of how nasty the Bros are.

https://twitter.com/amandawgolden/st...121558016?s=21
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