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Super Tuesday

The polls are open... may the best man/woman win!

(And by "win," of course I mean "arbitrarily be declared the 'winner' by the know-nothing national media, notwithstanding that proportional delegate allocation combined with the closeness of the race means there's no way anybody can really 'win' today.")

P.S. In case you're wondering, no, that picture was not taken today. It was taken a couple of weeks ago, and I've been saving it -- I thought it would make a nice patriotic Election Day stock photo.

P.P.S. Last chance to enter my Super Tuesday prediction contest! Deadline is noon today. Any entries received after noon EST will be disregarded.

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"(And by "win," of course I mean "arbitrarily be declared the 'winner' by the know-nothing national media, notwithstanding that proportional delegate allocation combined with the closeness of the race means there's no way anybody can really 'win' today.")"

Probably true for the Democrats. Not as likely for the Republicans, given that for the most part they're not doing proportional delegate allocation. Therefore, I object to the idea that "there's no way anybody can really 'win' today," as I think it's entirely plausible McCain could.

This is Mike, yet again engaging in needless nitpickery with Brendan.

Heh. Yeah, I originally had a P.S. to that effect, but I decided to delete it because I thought it detracted from the joke and was, well, needless nitpickery. :)

Gotta love these polls :) The two latest California polls have Obama up by 13% in Zogby and Clinton up by 10% in Survey USA. (What I found interesting in the Survey USA poll was that a very significant number of those polled had already voted and those voters had Clinton over Obama by 12%)... These early voters could well blunt any momentum that Obama has been able to get in California recently.

Heh.

I was all set to post a similar nitpick, so I am glad Mike beat me to it. :)

I will add only the following two points:

1. Anytime a contest is held in a given state, and one candidate receives more votes in that contest than any other candidate, that candidate has "won" the contest. The prize may not be all that much to get excited about, but there is no disputing the fact that the candidate nonetheless won the vote.

2. In all seriousness, I didn't know it was a joke -- I've seen you make this point so many times, and with no smileys or other indicators of jokiness, that I thought you really believed that the notion of "winning" a primary was a meaningless construct of the clueless media. I'm glad to see that in fact you do realize it has tremendous significance when measured in dimensions other than the delegate count, which, in most years, anyway (and it still remains to be seen for this year), is the truly meaningless axis.

So what happens if early voters in California voted for Edwards? What happens to those votes? Can you re-cast your vote?

Those votes are lost, on account of their casters being suckers.

or perhaps they are casterated

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