Victory Amongst The Noise

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With all of the noise that is the Republican race to determine their nominee, there was a huge upset Tuesday night in the Democratic primary. Bernie Sanders, who one poll had 27 points down leading up to the Michigan primary, somehow beat Hillary Clinton by a point and a half in a major upset.

Also somehow, Hillary managed to get more delegates out of Michigan then Bernie did, despite the fact Sanders won. This is because 10 of the 17 Michigan superdelegates have already pledged to Hillary, so for the moment, Sanders 63-58 delegate accumulation turns into Hillary getting 68 delegates to Bernie’s 63. The Vermont senator would have to get all seven remaining to keep a delegate advantage coming out of the state, as getting six out of seven would only split the count at 69-69.

If memory serves, Michigan is the second state Hillary has lost this year, but has wound up with more delegates than Sanders has. Perhaps these superdelegates give establishment politicians an unfair advantage?

On another note, it’s five days before the Florida primaries where I live, and I’m seeing a great deal of “Super PAC” attack ads (PAC standing for Political Action Committee) telling you who not to vote for, most of them aimed at front-runner Donald Trump. Got to admit I find the whole business of these ads a bit cowardly, as most of them don’t tell you who to support, which is crucial in a race of more than two candidates. There’s one ad that is against Marco Rubio that was done by the Trump campaign, but at least Trump had the grapes to tell us he’s behind such an attack ad.

Wait, I said something in praise of Donald Trump? Yikes! I better go lie down…

 

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Author: tbpauly

Former radio professional (1989-1996), currently residing in Pinellas Park, FL. Blogging since 2004, at least.

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