Please Explain: Delegates

Friday, January 18, 2008

This year’s batch of presidential hopefuls are fighting over delegates as much as they’re fighting over voters. On Please Explain, find out who the delegates are, how the system works, and what superdelegates are.

Stephen Wayne is Professor of Government at Georgetown University and author of The Road to the White House: 2008. Elaine Kamarck of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is currently a superdelegate, and previously was a superdelegate in 1984. She was an advisor to President Clinton and an advisor to the Al Gore presidential campaign.


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Comments [7]

Laura from NYC

Thanks for the great and helpful programming like this.

I am longing for transcripts! And books!

Feb. 21 2008 12:34 AM
James Dolan from NJ

Leonard: We miss you. Please come back soon.
On a personal side, you and I are the same age. I have no beard and look twenty years younger than you. You are handsome beardless. Let's see that handsome face beardless again.


Jan. 18 2008 02:48 PM
Sharon from NY

I just tuned in and maybe this is a dumb question: why would a one person-one vote system not work in this country?

Jan. 18 2008 01:54 PM
Roger PHILIP from New York City

Who makes up actual ballot ? Can one be listed without party ?How many States divide electorial votes ?

Jan. 18 2008 01:53 PM
Larry from Brooklyn

In reference to a question asked earlier concerning about Clinton being on the ballot in Michigan: Can she be penalized for that?

Jan. 18 2008 01:52 PM
Phil from Park Slope

What is happening with this California initiative, covered last year in the New Yorker:

GOP Dirty Tricks Campaign Seeks to Divide California's Electoral Votes
Posted November 4, 2007 | 06:00 PM (EST)
Read More: California, Gop, Offthebus, Breaking Off The Bus News

The following piece was produced by the Huffington Post's OffTheBus.

Let the candidates kiss babies, raise money, and issue position papers. While voters and reporters are watching the TV debates, a small group of right-wing GOP donors and political consultants (several with close ties to Rudy Giuliani) are maneuvering to hijack the November 2008 election by changing the rules in mid-contest. Their plan: change California's winner-take-all system to require that electoral votes be awarded based on how individual congressional districts vote for president. If their plan goes into effect, Democrats fear that the Republican candidate could capture 20 of California's 55 electoral votes, which is enough to win the White House.

Jan. 18 2008 01:48 PM
Leon Freilich from Park Slope


Newest signal

Candidacy's near:

Bloomberg's started

Dyeing his hair.

Jan. 18 2008 11:48 AM

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