Takin’ a Looooong Time

February 11, 2008 2:06 p.m.

(Ed.Note: We are now uncertain whether the number of votes referred to in this post is correct. We are leaving the post up to preserve the record. But for the time being, we are uncertain whether the data in this post is correct. So it should be disregarded. We will update as we find out more.)

As you know Boss Esser up there in Washington state is supposedly ‘counting’ those remaining caucus votes from the caucus on Saturday and trying, as he puts it, to get “as close as we can to 100 percent” of the votes counted.

But here’s one point you may not realize about what’s going on here. Very few people participated in that caucus. Not many more than 10,000 people. When they stopped at 87% of the votes there were, what, maybe 1500 votes still to count. They counted a few more on Sunday and got all the way to 93.3% (Huckabee made a bit of progress catching up, but not a huge amount: from 1.8% to 1.6% behind). According to the party page, those results were posted at 5:45 Pacific time last night.

So what are we down to now 900 votes? I would think any counting process that was on the up-and-up wouldn’t take nearly so long. So what’s going on?

(Ed.Note: If you look at the CNN results page, it refers not to voters but to delegates. So at first I assumed we were talking about a much, much larger number of participants. Remember, the Dems had something like 200,000 people caucus in Washington. But a source told me that these numbers referred to actual voters. It seems very hard to believe that the Dems out-showed up the Republicans by 20-1. But that’s what I’m told. If I hear otherwise, we’ll let you know.)

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