Argument: Some delegates are not obligated to vote according to popular will
- "The primary flaw? It makes no sense". The Chicago Tribune. February 3, 2008 - "Under no obligation
- Did we mention that in some states Republican delegates are under no obligation to vote in agreement with the people who sent them to the convention?
- They are known as unpledged, or unbound, delegates. It's unlikely they would vote for a different candidate at the party convention, but it is possible. And their numbers are not small: In fact, about 20 percent of the allotted delegates of both parties are of the unpledged variety. They won't officially register their preferences until the party conventions this summer.
- One effect of this system, particularly on the Democratic side, is that party leaders retain critical influence in the process."