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2008 vs 2012 after DC/MD/WI

We’d last talked about this after Louisiana.  But at that point in terms of % of delegates allocated the 2012 progress in the race still hadn’t gotten to where we were in 2008 immediately after Super Tuesday.  We were in the 2008 “gap” caused by the large number of delegates allocated on Super Tuesday in 2008.  At this point in the race, on April 4th, we are STILL not quite past where we were once all the 2008 Super Tuesday delegates were counted.  But we are close…

And once again, we see that, yes, Romney is behind where McCain was at the corresponding place in the delegate hunt.  But it is very close.  It is not a big substantial difference.  Right now we have 50.4% of the delegates allocated and Romney has 29.0% of them.  On the day in 2008 we finally had all the results from Super Tuesday (February 9th) we had 52.1% and McCain had 30.0% of the delegates.

So Romney is 1.0% or so behind McCain’s pace from 4 years ago once you are looking at an even scale based on % of delegates determined so far.  These lines fairly neatly track each other.  There is NOT a substantial gap where Romney was underperforming McCain.

The perception certainly has been that there was.  Romney having problems wrapping it up and such.  But this is 100% due to the stretched out calendar.  It is not due to winner take all vs proportional.  It is just about the calendar.  The fact that here on April 4th, we STILL haven’t allocated as many delegates as were allocated on February 9th back in 2008 is extraordinary.    This is why it SEEMS like it has taken a lot longer to wrap things up…  because it has!  But in terms of the calendar only.  The Republicans stretched out the whole race by spreading the contests out, so of course it takes more calendar time for the winner to consolidate their win.  Duh.

But this doesn’t support the conclusion that Romney was somehow less able to consolidate Republican support than McCain was.  They really have moved through the process at a remarkably similar rate.

It just doesn’t seem like it because the process is so stretched out this time.

 

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