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@abulsme Updates from 2012-01-31 (UTC)

  • RT @FHQ: After Tuesday, the number of delegates in states w/filing deadlines yet to pass will fall below 1144. #
  • Reading – The Incredible Shrinking Primary Bounce (Nate Silver) #
  • Reading – Superdelegates no more (Matt, DCW) #
  • Watching – Chris Matthews On Florida Primary: 'He Who Kills Must Die' (TPM) #
  • Reading – Seriously, What's The Matter with Leon Panetta? (Michael Cohen) #
  • Reading – How Amazon's KDP Select Saved My Book (David Kazzie) #
  • Reading – Attorney General set to destroy tens of millions of users' legitimate MegaUpload files Cory Doctorow) #
  • RT @ppppolls: Santorum and Gingrich both beat Romney 1 on 1 in Ohio and Missouri. One will have to drop out if Mitt's going to be stopped #
  • Reading – Will Ron Paul win more delegates this week than Gingrich, Santorum? (Peter Grier) #
  • Reading – Barnes & Noble and the Collapse of the Publishing Ecosystem (Matthew Yglesias) #
  • Reading – Florida primary: Why it's one of the last few winner-take-all states (Peter Grier) #

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Putting the Time into It

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Republicans
  • Twitter Censorship
  • MegaUpload
  • Electronics Manufacturing

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2012 Republican Delegate Count: Some No Longer Super Supers

Chart from the 2012 Republican Delegate Count Graphs page.

After a detailed examination of the rules, DCW determined that the super delegates from five states weren’t really as super as once thought, in that they will actually be bound by the elections in those states… so the declared opinions of those supers don’t matter any more. Net effect… 2 delegates that had previously been listed for Romney go away.

This of course is bad for Romney, good for everybody else (because at least in theory, those two delegates are now up for grabs). But really, it is a relatively small number of delegates, and doesn’t change the overall picture of the race on the eve of the Florida primary.