They didn’t know about Texas’ mix of popular vote and caucuses. And that could be one reason why Obama could take it.
Several top Clinton strategists and fundraisers became alarmed after learning of the state’s unusual provisions during a closed-door strategy meeting this month, according to one person who attended.
What Clinton aides discovered is that in certain targeted districts, such as Democratic state Sen. Juan Hinojosa’s heavily Hispanic Senate district in the Rio Grande Valley, Clinton could win an overwhelming majority of votes but gain only a small edge in delegates. At the same time, a win in the more urban districts in Dallas and Houston — where Sen. Barack Obama expects to receive significant support — could yield three or four times as many delegates.
“What it means is, she could win the popular vote and still lose the race for delegates,” Hinojosa said yesterday. “This system does not necessarily represent the opinions of the population, and that is a serious problem.”
So are they going to cry foul about how the Texas contest is set up AFTER Hillary wins the popular vote and loses the delegate count? I mean, they were counting on this for Hillary to win and now she may not. Life isn’t fair!
And then we have the, “Caucuses are for elites” argument again…
Hinojosa saw another reason for Clinton to be concerned about the caucuses: The working-class voters who have typically favored her candidacy could be too tired or too busy to vote during the day and then return after 7 p.m. to attend a caucus.
“Anytime you require additional steps, that means extra effort, and that’s particularly hard on working families,” Hinojosa said.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if this is the type of ship Hillary is going to run, where only half of the Is are dotted or the Ts or crossed, then doesn’t her “experience” argument go right out the window?
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