Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The media hasn't been covering the race

Chris Bowers on Open Left makes a very good point:
The established media was never covering the nomination campaign. The simple fact is that is that the media was never covering the campaign according to the structure and rules of the campaign. The Democratic Presidential nomination campaign is not, and has never been, about "winning" states according to the popular vote of a given state. It is, instead, about winning delegates according to a series of complex rules that are based more on congressional district results and margins of victory than on winning states. They have been covering the wrong concepts all along.
Looking at my blog, I realize I've made this mistake, too. To make up for it, I'll post this delegate counter from the top of DailyKos:

Delegates:PledgedSuperTotalNeeded
Obama 1,490.5 255 1,745.5 279
Clinton 1,339.5 269.5 1,609 415.5
Remaining 404 270.5 674.5
(2,024.5 delegates needed for victory)

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