Latest AP Super Tuesday Delegate Count: Obama Leads by 2
The AP has released a new delegate count. Obama has 796 and Hillary has 794.
With nearly 1,600 delegates from Tuesday contests awarded, Sen. Barack Obama led by two delegates Friday night, with 91 delegates still to be awarded. Obama won 796 delegates in Tuesday's contests, to 794 for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to an analysis of voting results by The Associated Press.
As for totals to date, the AP includes Superdelegates:
In the overall race for the nomination, Clinton has 1,055 delegates, including separately chosen party and elected officials known as superdelegates. Obama has 998.
And, finally, an explanation of why it's so hard to count delegates in plain English: [More...]
The problems arose in states with counties that are split into multiple congressional districts.
The states have provided results in each county. But in some cases, they are still working to assign the votes in the appropriate congressional district.
Those votes are important because both parties award delegates based on statewide votes and on results in individual congressional districts. Democrats award them proportionally, meaning precise counts can be necessary, even when the vote is overwhelmingly in favor of one candidate.
California is still counting 1 million absentee ballots. Colorado is still counting. New Mexico is still counting.
And here's where the math gets fuzzy:
The AP tracks the delegate races by projecting the number of national convention delegates won by candidates in each presidential primary or caucus, based on state and national party rules, and by interviewing unpledged delegates to obtain their preferences.
In some states, like Iowa and Nevada, local precinct caucuses are the first stage in the allocation process. The AP uses preferences expressed in those caucuses to project the number of national convention delegates each candidate will have when they are chosen at county, congressional district or state conventions.
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