Well, it happened again. This time, Pete and Bernie tied in New Hampshire, but Bernie and the press claim that he won. Each got 9 delegates. Just like in 2008, when Hillary and the press claimed she won New Hampshire, when she and Barack actually tied – each got 9 delegates.
I warned about this in my last PetePost (#5). https://peteposts.com/petepost-5-at-the-head-of-the-pack/
Admittedly by the slimmest of margins, Pete is actually the “front runner” – because he leads in cumulative delegates, 22 to 21. Pete got 13 of Iowa’s delegates, one more than Bernie did, with one originally awarded to Pete being contested. (Elizabeth: 8 + 0 = 8; Amy: 1 + 6 = 7; and Joe: 6 + 0 = 6)
Primaries follow rules. Pledged Delegates are the coin of the realm. Just like Electoral College votes, not the popular vote – like it or not. (By the way, Pete wants to eliminate the Electoral College.)
For those who want to learn more about the centrality of delegates, I suggest that you read Obamagram #22 on “Baseball Rules.” http://www.obamagrams.com/group-3/learning-the-process-–-chap-1-–-“baseball-rules”/
Rule number 7 is particularly relevant: primaries have cumulative scoring rules akin to baseball, not like tennis.
Finally, I believe that it might actually be good that the press is promoting Bernie as the “front-runner” for reasons that are not obvious, but relate to Michael Bloomberg, among other things. I might explain later.
The good news is that, so far, Pete is winning this baseball game.
Please, as always, pass it along.