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Obama wins in congressional district

Original post made on Feb 6, 2008

Hillary Clinton topped Barack Obama in yesterday's Democratic Party presidential primary both statewide and in Santa Clara County, but Obama won in the 14th Congressional District, which includes Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

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Posted by Absentee
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 6, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Winning our district by a few percent doesn't gain Obama a delegate in our district, since it has six delegates. By contrast, in congressional districts allocated only five delegates (becuase they have fewer Demcoratic primary voters living in them) a slight win sends a candidate an additional delegate.

Note that there are some California pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the statewide popular vote, so the win in our district contributes to Obama's delegates in that way.

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Posted by Pam
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 7, 2008 at 1:19 am

GO HILLARY!!!!!! Ted Kennedy is eating crow this evening, guaranteed! And I hope Caroline Kennedy used this opportunity to teach her students that endorsements don't always do what the endorser thinks. I love this!!!!!! Obama may do well in the small state primaries coming up. That's worrisome. But Hillary has a lock on Texas, PA, and OH. I think this may become a brokered election. I like a Hillary-Obama (VP) ticket. That's a ticket that would work in Washington, get something done, and get Obama ready for prime time in 2016.

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Posted by suzie
a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2008 at 9:21 am

GO OBAMA!! Let us please try to keep comments about the election civil and refrain from nasty words about other candidates.
It is great to be enthusiastic about a candidate but please no "eat crow" just reflects a bitter outlook.
I like Barack Obama because he has not engaged in "name calling" nor has his wife been an "attack dog"

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Posted by curious
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 7, 2008 at 10:58 am

Can Absentee please explain the delegate allocation process more thoroughly? Are you saying that in the 14th CD because the vote percentage is close, that each of Hillary and Obama will get three delegates? What is the percentage needed to get one delegate? In other words, how many more votes would Obama have needed in order to get four delegates to Hillary's one?

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Posted by Andrew
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 7, 2008 at 11:56 am

Here's a good site that explained the delegate allocation process to me:

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(Note that our congressional district gets mentioned specifically in the article!)

Basically, Obama would have to have won over 58% of the vote to get a 4-2 distribution of delegates.

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Posted by curious
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 7, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Thanks Andrew. You learn something new every day!

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