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mohc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-07-08 11:00 AM
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53. Quite right
There is a slight difference between delegate selection between primary and caucus results. When the national delegates are selected for a state, whether it is a caucus or a primary, the candidates have an opportunity to vet the delegates pledged to them. In some states individuals must apply to become a delegate, and the candidates can remove them from the list if they do not believe they would be loyal. In other states the delegates effectively stand on the ballot on primary day, and the candidates can review the list and remove names from the ballot of delegates standing to be pledged to them if they feel they will not be loyal. This effectively means pledged delegates are not going to stray barring some unforeseen change as the campaigns can review each and every delegate. With caucuses there is a caveat. The delegates for the national convention are not technically selected at the caucuses, instead state or sometimes county or congressional district delegates are selected at the precinct caucuses. While these state, county, or district delegates are similarly "pledged" to the candidates in proportion to their votes at the precinct caucuses, the campaigns do not get to vet them at this level. They only get to vet the delegates selected at the state and district level conventions, so while these delegates will almost certainly be loyal, there is less guarantee that the delegates at the district or state conventions were loyal to the precinct results. I know that may sound confusing. In simplest terms, the national delegates selected by either caucuses or primaries will most likely be loyal due to the vetting process, but there is no guarantee. The state and district delegates selected by precinct caucuses are not vetted, and may therefore be less loyal, but the delegates they in turn select will undergo the vetting process.
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