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And finishing now I want you to know that you have haunted me now for hours. Your earlier comment ''Watch closely in the near future.'' keeps ringing in my head over these Iowa ferkups.
originally posted by: openminded2011
a reply to: network dude
Bernie will guarantee a Trump victory, just as Hillary did. The democratic party is Trumps biggest ally, in that they continue to run un electable candidates.
I am not willing to believe that the iron grip of the DNC has a hold on the state leaders in the Democrat Party enough to pull this as a shenanigan, rather, their ineptitude seems more likely.
On closer examination, it turns out that that is not a bar chart, but merely the New York Times’ indication that Buttigieg is in the lead, with (at this writing) approximately 75% of the precincts reporting. But leading at what? Not in number of votes received, either in the first or the final round of the caucuses—the candidate leading in both of those categories was Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had a 2.8 and 0.6 percentage point lead, respectively, over Buttigieg. No, the chart says “Total SDEs,” and a footnote helpfully explains that these are “state delegate equivalents, which are derived from caucus vote tallies and determine the number of pledged delegates each candidate receives.”
The delegates are chosen by the precinct then go to a later caucus, the county convention, to choose delegates to the district convention and state convention. Most of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention are selected at the district convention, with the remaining ones selected at the state convention. Delegates to each level of convention are initially bound to support their chosen candidate but can later switch in a process very similar to what occurs at the precinct level; however, as major shifts in delegate support are rare, the media declares the candidate with the most delegates on the precinct caucus night the winner and relatively little attention is paid to the later caucuses.