Clinton Should Appeal TX and WA Caucus
by RJEvans, Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 03:46:58 PM EDT
This diary is going to be short. I'm just going to put out the facts and let you take it from there.
Lets take a look at the Washington and Texas elections.
Turnout was estimated to be about a quarter million in the Washington caucus or about 16% of Kerry voters. Obama won the state by 37 points.
Barack Obama: 68%
Hillary Clinton: 31%
Almost 700,000 people voted in the Washington primary, or about 46% of Kerry voters, yet no delegates were awarded. Obama's margin was shaved to just 5 points when turnout was increased.
Barack Obama: (354,112) 51%
Hillary Clinton: (315,744) 46%
John Edwards: (11,892) 2%
Dennis Kucinich: (4,021) 1%
In Texas, 2.8 million people voted in the primary, almost as much people that voted for Kerry in the 2004 general election (99%). Clinton was able to secure a 4-point win over Obama and a 126 delegates were distributed using the results.
Hillary Clinton: (1,459,814) 51%
Barack Obama: (1,358,785) 47%
In the caucus portion of the Texas election, over one million voters, who already voted in the primary, gave Obama a 12-point victory over Clinton. In other words, one million people voted twice on the same day.
Barack Obama: 56%
Hillary Clinton: 44%
Now, before people start talking about Bill Clinton and the TX caucus, realize this, Bill Clinton is not running for President. Bill Clinton is not Hillary Clinton and I don't care what Bill Clinton did regarding the Texas caucus.
My proposal? Clinton should appeal the TX and WA caucuses and fight for the state's respective primary results to dictate the delegate allocation.