Potomac Totals

Potomac Totals

The People Has Spoken, with feet as well as votes. Voters thronged the polls for the “Potomac Primaries,” the new simultaneous DC, Maryland, and Virginia presidential primary elections. Several DC polling places (including Precinct 91, Watkins Elementary School here on Capitol Hill) ran out of paper ballots for the Democratic Party race, forcing voters to stand in long lines for the few touch-screen voting machines.

Obama swept Democratic Party contests in all three jurisdictions and McCain won on the Republican side, barely squeaking through in Virginia, where the many evangelicals and home-schoolers of the rural uplands went for challenger Rev. Mike Huckabee. The GOP race is winner-take-all and the size of a victory has no bearing on the winner’s delegate count, so John McCain picked up 89 delegates from the three elections, according to CNN. Democrats split primary delegates proportionally, and Obama can claim 9 D.C. delegates, 50 in Virginia, and 11 in Maryland.

The Potomac Primary gave Barack Obama a slim lead in national delegate totals. AP reports Obama with 1,210, Clinton with 1,188. 2,025 delegates are needed to win the Democratic presidential nomination. The wire service also lists these Republican delegate totals: McCain 789 delegates, Romney (no longer in the race) 288, Huckabee 241 and Ron Paul 14. It takes 1,191 delegates to win the Republican nomination. CNN totals are similar: Obama 1,215, Clinton 1,190, Edwards (out of the race) 26; McCain 812, Romney (out of the race) 286, Huckabee 217, Paul 16 (Why are AP and CNN totals different? Ask them; there isn’t enough difference to matter right now). 

 The next contests are in Wisconsin and Hawaii, where Obama is expected to win. Clinton is hoping to regain the delegate lead in the large Texas and Ohio primaries which follow. McCain, the virtual Republican nominee designate, is expected to pick up some of the 400 additional delegates he needs in these contests; Huckabee has vowed to continue his low-budget candidacy.

One Response to “Potomac Totals”

  1. euandus2 Says:

    Conservative Republicans are proposing a 10-point checklist gauging proper adherence to core principles of the party. This approach reminds me of Moody’s Fundamentals of Christianity, which began the fundamentalist movement. For more, I recommend http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/the-fundamentals-of-the-gop/

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