Colorado Democratic Delegate Totals

Ever since Super Tuesday the assemblage of dumbasses collectively known as the mainstream media has been reporting on how many delegates Colorado will be sending to the Democratic National Convention, along with who they’re pledged to vote for. Trouble is, there were no such delegates until the conclusion of the Colorado Democratic Party’s State Assembly and Convention last weekend.

On Super Tuesday we held our precinct caucuses. Those began with a preference poll for presidential candidates. The results of the preference poll formed the basis of the media’s blatherings about delegate totals. Trouble is, the preference poll doesn’t mean much in Colorado’s rather Byzantine delegate selection process.

At the caucuses we selected delegates to attend county party conventions and separate conventions held in each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts. At the county conventions we elected delegates to the state party convention. The preference polling at the various levels determines how many delegates will be sent to the next level and how many of those delegates will be “pledged” to particular candidates. However, the pledges aren’t binding. For instance, the precinct sent me to the county convention as an Obama delegate, but I was free to change my mind and vote for Clinton upon showing up at the convention. (I didn’t, of course, but I could have.)

The process culminates in the state party convention, held last weekend in Colorado Springs. Only when that event ends do we know how many delegates Colorado will send to the national convention and who they’re pledged to support.

In addition, Democrats in each congressional district hold separate Congressional District Conventions. At those events we elect delegates to the national convention over and above those elected at the state convention.

So now, at long last, the totals are in. You’ll find the information here on the homepage of CDP’s website.

From the state convention, Obama got 13 delegates and 2 alternates to the national convention. Clinton got six delegates and no alternates. From the seven congressional district conventions, Obama got 23 delegates and 7 alternates, while Clinton tallied 13 delegates and no alternates. Final tally: Obama – 36 delegates (and 9 alternates); Clinton – 19 delegates.

Of course, now that accurate totals are available, the mainstream media has long since lost interest in Colorado. That state of affairs will no doubt continue until the national convention itself, which takes place in Denver.

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  • Blake  On May 24, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for this delightful description of one state’s actual delegate process. Does anyone know of a site that tracks all the state delegation transitions from guesses to hard numbers? I’ll look around.

    I thought your name was genghishitler, not Below the Beltway. 😉 Do you publish somewhere else with that name?

  • Clutch  On May 27, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    If you went around the world and tried to convince people on the streets of various other nations that this is how the soi-disant Typhoid Mary of Democracy actually implements its commitment to representative government, they would walk away laughing five sentences in, unwilling to be caught nodding along to the bullshit by the hidden camera.

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