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According to the State Democratic Party, just 40% of the precinct caucuses were reported. In caucus votes, Barack Obama, held the lead, 56% to Hillary Clinton's 44%. While in popular votes, Clinton won the primary, with 51% to Obama's 47%.
Bocanerga says, it must upset voters, who want both their primary and caucus votes to count, "There has to be some disappointment as far as being, again, you get excited about voting for someone to get the delegates, in order to become the nominee."
All this, Bocanerga says, Obama is negatively affected, and Clinton could ultimately end up taking Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas – Curious whether Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton won Texas' Democratic caucuses March 4? The official results won't be available until March 29.
Until then, the last reported results – from 41 percent of the precinct caucuses – show Obama ahead with 56 percent to Clinton's 44 percent.
The state Democratic Party gave up Monday on its effort to produce a running public tally of the count. The state party had set up a reporting system, outside the official count, that relied on 8,247 precinct chairmen to voluntarily call their results to 254 county chairmen who would relay them to state party headquarters.
But an estimated 1 million Democrats – far more than ever before – showed up for the caucuses, which were held right after voting ended in the first part of the Democratic contest: a standard primary administered by state government.
The huge turnout played havoc with the caucuses, creating confusion, long waits and even a few calls to the police to calm frustrations late on March 4. It hasn't made the count any easier either.
“This was a turnout that was more than anybody would have imagined,” state party spokesman Hector Nieto said as he announced the party was giving up on the voluntary public tally with fewer than half the precincts having reported. He said the last significant batch of returns were called in last Thursday and the calls had petered out since then.