The Electability Issue

This post was written by marc on April 24, 2008
Posted Under: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

A lot of people are talking about which candidate is most electable. Unfortunately the Democratic party’s primary rules do not reflect the rules of the general election. In the primary votes are divided up proportionally, but in the general election it’s winner take all. In the primary the Democrats say that Florida and Michigan don’t count. But in the general election they will count. In the general election winning the big states counts. The 8 biggest states are California (55), Texas (34), New York (31), Florida (27), Pennsylvania (21), Illinois (21), Ohio (20), and Michigan (17). Of those top 8 states Clinton beat Obama in 7 of them with Obama winning only is home state of Illinois.

I think Democrats are going to make a serious mistake by taking the results of their primary with all their funny rules and expecting it to be a predictor of a candidates strengths in a contest where the Democratic party bosses get to decide who’s vote counts. If you don’t win the big states you don’t win. The super delegates need to look at the numbers from the perspective of a general election if they expect to actually win against the Republicans in November.

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