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Someone check my math, please

Seth Abramson has pointed out something the mainstream media don't mention:

Hillary is unlikely to win enough pledged delegates in the remaining primaries to be able to clinch the nomination before the superdelegates can vote at the convention.

As far as I am aware, Abramson's last post running the numbers was made before the NY primary.

So can someone check my back-of-the-hand calculations?
It looks to me that Hillary remains unlikely to win enough pledged delegates outright to secure the nomination without having to rely on superdelegate votes--which will not be cast until the convention.

Hillary has already won 1,443 pledged delegates in primaries and caucuses. (This is 538's count. Other sources report slightly different numbers; Bloomberg says 1,428; NY Times/AP says 1,446. We'll kep it simple and use 1,443.)

Based on polls summarized at RealClearPolitics, we are looking at the following in upcoming primaries (I've tried to generally lean toward using the figures that give Hillary a higher percentage of votes; so for Pennsylvania, for example, I used 55%):

state---total pledged delegates available---Hillary's predicted take (based on polling)---Hillary's likely delegates yield

CT 55--0.51--28
MD 95--0.58--55
PA 189--0.55--104
IN 83--0.48--40
CA 475--0.48--228
NJ 126--0.53--67

(In other words, for Connecticut, for example, there are 55 total pledged delegates available. Polling predicts Hillary will win about 51% of the votes, meaning about 51% of the pledged delegates will be awarded to her. 51% of 55 means she should get about 28 pledged delegates from Connecticut, based on recent polls.)

total pledged delegates Hillary is likely to win from these 6 states, based on recent polling:
28 + 55 + 104 + 40 + 228 + 67 = 522

That will give Hillary 1,443 + 522 = 1,965 pledged delegates.

There are an additional 13 states & territories that will also contribute pledged delegates, but I haven't seen polling for them, so I can't say what fraction Hillary is currently expected to win. These states/territories are:

DE 21
RI 24
Guam 7
WV 29
KY 55
OR 61
Virgin Is 7
PR 60
MT 21
NM 34
ND 18
SD 20
DC 20

The total yield from all of these latter states/territories is 377. In other words, if Hillary won 100% of all the pledged delegates from these states/territories where we don't have good polling, she would take an additional 377. (Obviously, she won't will ALL of their delegates in reality.)

The magic number to clinch the nomination is 2,383.

Since Hillary's pledged delegates haul is likely to be 1,965 after winning the 6 upcoming states for which we do have polls, she will need 2,383 - 1,965 = 418 additional pledged delegates from the states/territories for which we don't have good recent polls.

However, as noted above, even if she won ALL of the pledged delegates from those 13 states/territories, she would still fall short by 418 - 377 = 41 pledged delegates.

Of course, anything could happen in the next few weeks. The polls could dramatically change based on a terrorist attack or huge gaffe or something--or the polls could just be wrong. But if the polls are reasonably accurate and nothing changes, if my math is correct, Abramson is still right.

Many Dem primary voters made up their minds over a month ago

if exit polls are to believed, and if New Yorkers are similar to voters in other states in this regard.

So any campaigning going forward is basically to motivate people who have already decided on a particular candidate to actually get out and cast a vote. (Or to try to convince the opposing candidates' supporters that it's not worth bothering to cast a vote.)

There are very few left to be persuaded to make a choice they haven't already made.

When Hillary told Russ Feingold his campaign finance reform legislation was a fantasy

Clinton, Feingold have shouting match over campaign finance reform

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER / Associated Press Writer Jul 19, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Russ Feingold and Hillary Clinton got into in a heated argument over the impact of Feingold's campaign finance reform legislation on Senate Democrats, Feingold said Friday.

"'You're not living in the real world,"' Clinton screamed at him, according to Feingold, D-Wis., the party's leading backer of the McCain-Feingold law....

At issue was the law's ban on soft money -- large, unregulated donations to parties from corporations, unions and wealthy people. Feingold said Clinton was worried the ban would open Democrats to legal liability because of what she considered the vagueness of the law.

Feingold said a "core group" of five or six Democrats -- including Clinton, D-N.Y. -- was trying to find ways to get around the ban.

"It was a troubling display for a party that claims to be for trying to clean up the system," Feingold said.


Feingold said Clinton apologized to him on the Senate floor later in the day....

But he said he will fight anyone who tries to keep the current system -- "even those who vote for it and then try to undercut it."



The most pro-Hillary Bernie Sanders endorsement video you'll ever see

New Yorkers: What were Hillary's main accomplishments in the Senate?

Hillary represented New York in the Senate for almost 8 years.
What did she accomplish while there?

What percentage of Hillary supporters were for Hillary in 2008?

I bet a lot of Democratic voters who are backing Hillary really wanted her to win back in 2008, rather than Obama, and never got that yearning fulfilled. Almost half the party was for Hillary in that election. For the average person, once you've set your mind on something it can be very difficult to see any other perspective. So support for Hillary in 2016 would just be getting satisfaction that was denied the last time around.

Another large chunk, overlapping with the above, is older Dems who, like almost all members of their generation, were brainwashed into fearing "socialism" in past decades. They still can't get past that label now.


Hillary's just fine with your past NRA support so long as you support her

Bernie Sanders has a "D-" rating from the NRA, but that doesn't matter because he stands between Shameless Hillary and the Democratic nomination for president.

Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada
has had an NRA "B" rating and received lots of NRA money in the past

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York
had an NRA "A" rating as US House rep, before taking Hillary's old Senate seat

Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont
has had an "A+" rating from the NRA

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky
Remember her? She ran against Mitch McConnell for Senate in 2014. She's good friends with Hillary & Bill, who strongly supported her in the Democratic primary and in the general election.

Kasich's advice on sexual assault: Don't go to parties with lots of alcohol

You can't make this stuff up.

Gov. John Kasich was poised to give a reasoned, responsible answer about sexual violence on campus, and then he let this one slip:

"I'd also give you one bit of advice, don't go to parties where there is a lot of alcohol," Kasich told a female student from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, during a town hall broadcast on his Facebook page. The crowd applauded. This was after she said that she worries about harassment on campus.

Genetically modified foods being imported into US?

I bought some delicious grapes at the market the other day. The label says they were imported from Chile. What's particularly unusual about them is that they are HUGE. I've never seen grapes this large.

Now, it's obviously possible that these grapes just happen to be marvels of nature and eons of traditional agricultural know-how.

But they've got me wondering:
(1) How widespread is the use of genetic modification of crops in Latin America for fruit that is sold by American grocers? And how is that changing (ie, is the practice being adopted rapidly?)

(2) What requirements are there for imported genetically modified products to be labeled as being GMO? I would figure that there are zero, since even for products produced here, there are few laws mandating GMO labeling, thanks to the influence of Big Agra & their food industry partners.

Serious question: What were Hillary's chief accomplishments as Sec of State?

President Obama has said his first secretary of state did an outstanding job.

If one were to list Hillary's top 5 accomplishments as secretary of state, what might they be?
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