PoliBlog: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts

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  1. I’m not so sure that a close primary is unlikely. If I understand correctly, the reason the primary is close has to do with divvying up the regular delegates on a proportional basis. And that was instituted after Jesse Jackson failed to get the nomination.

    I believe the policy of handing out delegates proportionately was first used in ’92. I’m surprised it didn’t lead to a close primary then. But after ’92 we’ve got ’96 (President Clinton running for re-election, so no real primary), ’00 (Gore running, not a close primary), and ’04 (Kerry). ’92, ’04, and ’08 are really the only years where a close primary was possible. The fact that it hasn’t happened more often may be simply a fluke. There really isn’t enough data to determine how close future primaries will be.

    Comment by Max Lybbert — Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

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    Comment by Ken Laureys — Friday, April 4, 2008 @ 2:00 am

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