Argument: Complicated US primaries lead to misleading vote counts
- "The primary flaw? It makes no sense". The Chicago Tribune. February 3, 2008 - "To avoid brain-numbing and eye-glazing explanations, the news media typically just report popular vote percentages. These may be easier to understand, but they don't always tell the tale.
- Take the recent Nevada Democratic caucus, in which Sen. Hillary Clinton took 51 percent of the popular vote to Sen. Barack Obama's 45 percent.
- The media, including the Chicago Tribune, billed it as a victory for Clinton. But because of the way delegates are apportioned in Nevada, Obama ended up with 13 delegates -- or 'delegate equivalents,' as they are called -- to Clinton's 12.
- Both of these numbers are estimates of how many delegates each candidate will end up with when Nevada Democrats hold their state convention and elect delegates to the Democratic National Convention."