Nitty Gritty

February 11, 2008 11:11 p.m.

TPM Reader RM checks in from Minnesota …

I took part in a discussion about the Minnesota DFL caucus system last night with a three people who had attended their respective precinct caucuses and been elected delegates. In all three cases the overwhelming ballot count went for Obama, but my friends are Clinton supporters. Obama’s supporters tended to cast their ballots and go, and thus Clinton people, often longtime local party activists, were given
the nod for just being willing to take on the responsibility, i.e., without even being asked their preferred candidate.

The other thing to know is that these are not Presidential convention delegates. There are four levels, from precinct to state level, state senate and congressional district in-between I believe. As one goes up the ladder party functionaries play an increasingly prominent role. This is where Hillary probably has an
advantage, at least if she can hang on that long. I imagine the process and dynamic is similar in many other caucus states.

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