As the prospect of more presidential dropouts looms, there’s been a lot of discussion about how the delegate count works. And with both primary races exceptionally close, a candidate’s delegate count will soon start to matter more than his or her “momentum.” A peek into Slate ’s “Explainer” archives reveals quite a few useful, if slightly outdated, morsels:
- John Edwards currently has 50 delegates in the Democratic race. (Hillary Clinton has 187; Barack Obama has 89.) What happens to Edwards’ delegates if he drops out ?
- Say Edwards’ delegates wanted to support another candidate. Do they have free will ?
- Huckabee campaign chairman Ed Rollins essentially accused Fred Thompson of being a stalking horse for John McCain. What’s a “stalking horse,” anyway ?
- Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama in the New Hampshire primary, 39 percent to 37 percent. Why did they get the same number of delegates ?
Speaking of which,
is it possible for a losing candidate to have more delegates than the winning one?
And for people just tuning in:
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be parsing through more delegate math, primary logistics, and other sexy topics. Feel free to