Thursday, April 28, 2016

State-Level Voting

I've talked about voting a little bit in this election cycle. Right now, weird things are happening, because a lot of states are going into Round Two of their voting process.

Round One is where everyone votes in the state votes. The candidates get delegates, based on what the voters decided.

Round Two is where they have county conventions. Here, people get to pick delegates for the state convention. At the state convention, there is another vote, and the candidates get delegates, based on what the voters decided.

This is supposed to be the same basic idea of candidates getting delegates based on a vote, but it's a lot convoluted, when you're voting on the county level, for people to represent you on the state level. I guess the idea is that it balances things out, if a candidate wins a lot of different counties but loses overall.

In my state of Oregon, Round One decides 55% of the vote, while Round Two decides 27% of the vote. (The remaining 18% is made of superdelegates.)

Most states delay Round Two until May or June, when the primary election is usually over. The states that haven't delayed Round Two have given us some surprises and turnabouts. Most recently, Cruz won Round Two in Maine, with 95%! (He got less than half in Round One.) Sanders lost Round One in Nevada, but he has a majority going into Round Two, meaning he's probably going to win overall.

I wonder how close the Presidential race must be, for someone to lose Round One in every state, yet win the general election because they dominated Round Two.

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