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The Rest of the Race

Since we’ll be getting Guam results soon, lets take a look at how the rest of the calendar looks right now.

Here are the upcoming contests and the current (renormalized to 100%) pollster.com averages for each state.

  • Guam: No Polls, Call it 50.0% Clinton, 50.0% Obama
  • Indiana: 54.2% Clinton, 45.8% Obama
  • North Carolina: 44.0% Clinton, 56.0% Obama
  • West Virginia: 65.2% Clinton, 34.8% Obama
  • Kentucky: 69.7% Clinton, 30.3% Obama
  • Oregon: 57.8% Clinton, 42.2% Obama
  • Puerto Rico: 57.5% Clinton, 42.5% Obama
  • Montana: No Polls, Call it 50.0% Clinton, 50.0% Obama
  • South Dakota: 42.5% Clinton, 57.5% Obama

OK, so where does this put us? If polls don’t move much, out of 9 primaries remaining, we have Clinton “winning” 5 primaries, Obama “winning” in 2 primaries, and then the two states with no polls that I am calling ties for the sake of argument. So from a pure “number of states” position, Hillary is going to be kicking ass from now until the end of the calendar.

But how does this look when you weight things for delegates? It doesn’t quite actually work this way of course, but as a first approximation, lets assume the delegates split in the same proportion as the popular vote:

  • Guam: 2 Clinton, 2 Obama
  • Indiana: 39 Clinton, 33 Obama
  • North Carolina: 51 Clinton, 64 Obama
  • West Virginia: 18 Clinton, 10 Obama
  • Kentucky: 36 Clinton, 15 Obama
  • Oregon: 30 Clinton, 22 Obama
  • Puerto Rico: 32 Clinton, 23 Obama
  • Montana: 8 Clinton, 8 Obama
  • South Dakota: 6 Clinton, 9 Obama

So, for the rest of the races, where does that put things? 222 delegates for Clinton, 186 for Obama. Clinton wins!! Woo! Uh, she gets 54.4% of the delegates. As of today, she needs 61.3% of all remaining delegates to be on a pace to win. Oops. So she would be winning, but she would not be winning by a big enough margin to be on a pace to win.

But where would the above put things? If things played out with the numbers above, on June 4th, after the last primaries are over, assuming no more superdelegates are determined between now and then, we would be here:

Delegate count would be: Obama 1920, Clinton 1819, Edwards 19

In percent terms that would be: Obama 51.1%, Clinton 48.4%, Edwards 0.5%

2025 delegates are needed to win.

There would be 290 delegates yet to be determined.

Obama would need 105 more delegates to win.

Clinton would need 206 more delegates to win.

In percentage terms, that means:

Obama would need 36.2% of the remaining delegates to win.

Clinton would need 71.0% of the remaining delegates to win.

At that point all of the remaining delegates would be superdelegates. So far Hillary has managed to get 265 of the 508 superdelegates who have declared. That is 52.2%. For all the remaining supers, she needs to bump that percentage into the 70’s to win. That would be a BIG change.

Of course, many superdelegates will be determined before the end of the primaries on June 3rd, so these numbers will keep changing whenever more superdelegates declare. Unless Clinton is picking them up at a 70% rate though, these numbers will just get worse for Clinton, not better.

What is Clinton’s path to victory? What she needs is this:

  • The “momentum” from her wins in each state will make Obama look weak, and her margin in later states will actually be even larger than the percentages predicted above… a lot larger.
  • Obama’s campaign completely collapses due to some scandal
  • She manages to make some sort of convoluted popular vote argument including Florida and Michigan but excluding caucus states that did not report popular vote.
  • The superdelegates determine that Obama is so damaged he can not possibly win in November, and start going for Clinton by overwhelming margins… and perhaps more superdelegates who have already declared for Obama start switching sides.

That is a very long shot, but that is what she is counting on.

But wait, what about “settling” the Michigan and Florida issues? Well, let aside the fact that really that issue was decided before any of the voting started, and even Clinton’s representatives agreed to exclude those two states if they did not move their primaries. And also that all the opportunities for organizing revotes have now passed us by. Right now to get those states seated in a way that would help Clinton the credentials committee would have to approve. That committee’s makeup is based in such a way that Obama supporters will have a controlling majority. But Clinton will have enough folks to produce a “minority report” for the convention if they wish. But then the full convention… without Michigan and Florida… would need to vote to let Michigan and Florida in… if Hillary is ahead, it will not matter, because she would be winning anyway… if Obama is ahead, they would never vote to include those states unless it was in such a way that did not change the outcome. So bottom line, no matter if they are seated or not, Florida and Michigan will NOT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE.

Anyway, the picture for Clinton is very glum. It has been for quite a while. Ever since Obama’s “good February”. Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania did not change that in real terms. All the rest is smoke and mirrors.

The spin that this is still competitive is silly. It is not.

Now, is it impossible for Clinton to win? No. It is not impossible. It could happen.

But it would take a MAJOR shift in the race. It would need Obama to completely and totally fall apart. Not just lose a few races, but start to get absolutely crushed. Not just in the states remaining, but also in the superdelegates remaining.

This thing is over. A certain someone just needs to admit it.

[Edited 10 May 2008 19:50 UTC to correct the hypothetical delegate totals, I had forgotten to actually add the hypotheticals, and just repeated the totals as of the day this was posted.]

Hillary Gets Her Ratio (Today)

For only the third day since Obama took the lead on February 13th, Clinton gets the ratio of delegates she needs to make what she her job for the rest of the race easier instead of harder. Yesterday her “magic percentage” was 61.4%. She beat that today by getting 5 superdelegates to Obama’s 2 (71.4%). This gets her back to… well… somewhere between where she was Thursday and where she was yesterday. But hey, perhaps yesterday was Obama’s high watermark, and from now on Clinton will get the 61.3% she needs every day. Uh… or maybe Obama will undo it in a day or two. :-)

Updated stats:

The new delegate count is: Obama 1734, Clinton 1597, Edwards 19

In percent terms that is: Obama 51.8%, Clinton 47.7%, Edwards 0.6%

2025 delegates are needed to win.

There are 698 delegates yet to be determined.

Obama needs 291 more delegates to win.

Clinton needs 428 more delegates to win.

In percentage terms, that means:

Obama needs 41.7% of the remaining delegates to win. (It was 42.9% before PA.)

Clinton needs 61.3% of the remaining delegates to win. (It was 59.3% before PA.)

(Still no update on the final 2 Democratic delegates from the Pennsylvania primaries, or on ANY of the delegates from the Republican Pennsylvania primaries.)

DVD: Enemy of the State

Last weekend we finally watched another DVD. And for the first time in a long time… it actually was all three of us watching together. Anyway, this time it was my turn, and next on my Netflix list was Enemy of the State. Although I am sure I had never actually seen this whole movie, as I watched it, I was sure I had definitely seen various parts of it before. And on the part where they run away from an exploding building, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a “making of” thingy too. All about how they only had one shot since they were BLOWING UP A BUILDING while simultaneously driving a train past it and driving a car away from it, and it all had to come together just right, but if they screwed it up they wouldn’t be able to blow the building up again or anything.

In any case, this was your typical action/thriller type of thing. It was fun enough, but I can’t say I was really ever much in suspense and it didn’t have my heart racing during the action sequences or anything. It was fairly straightforward. No really unexpected twists or anything.

I guess it was perfectly OK. Not a bad way to spend two hours. Just nothing special.

Although, for once, it was a movie that all three of us could watch without complaining. And there was popcorn and stuff. So all was good.

We don’t watch enough movies. I’m pushing for Saturday DVD night for the summer, but we’ll see how that goes. It often seems to get derailed because one or more of us have other things to do, or not enough of us actually want to see the movie that is next in line, etc.

But it would still be fun. At least I think so.

Another Stupid, But Funny, Political Video

(via Huffington Post)