Explanation of the Texas Primary / Caucuses for the Democrats

Today, Texas will be one of the 4 states that votes in the Super Tuesday II elections (see here for my post on tomorrow as a whole and my predictions for Texas: https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/prediction-analysis-of-democratic-super-tuesday-ii-primaries/).

So, what exactly do Texas Democrats (do those exist!) do today?  Well, 126 of the 193 pledged delegates (there are 35 unplegdged delegates, for a total of  228 delegates) will be decided based on the primary (it’s an open primary).  The delegates will be awarded proportionally based on the STATE districts (this is the ONLY primary in all of the states that does it this way.  Not even the Texas Republicans do it htis way).  The polls will close and 7:00 P.M., and then precinct conventions will begin at 7:15 P.M.  The conventions are open to primary voters, whether they voted early, today, or by absentee ballot.

Then the county conventions will be on March 29th, and the delegates from the precinct conventions will go there.  The delegates from the counties will go to the state convention which is June 6th-7th, and 67 national delegates will be chosen there (42 at-large and 25 pledged Party Leaders and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates).

The other 35 will remain unpledged (although 12 have pledged  for Clinton and 8 for Obama, but those COULD change).

Done Explaining,

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