Did The GOP Establishment Steal the WA Primary for McCain?

As you know, John McCain lost two of the three contests yesterday. He was losing narrowly in Washington state and then pulled ahead by a narrow margin (less than two points) toward the end. But then with 87% of the returns counted, the Washington state GOP, which runs the caucuses stopped releasing results. That left us and a lot of other news organizations in a bit of a quandary last night since it looked like McCain was going to pull it off. But as late as 1:30 AM on the east coast promised new results kept failing to materialize.

Then over night the Washington state GOP put out a press release announcing McCain the winner based on the 87% returns. Now, I think it would be borderline for a media organization to declare one candidate a winner when the margin separating first and second was 1.8% with 13% of the results still uncounted. But for the officials holding the election to declare the result on that basis is simply bizarre. But that’s what they did.The release says final results are not expected to be available until Monday.

via//Talking Points Memo

related//Fox News: Huckabee Calls for “Full Investigation” into Washington State Results

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One comment on “Did The GOP Establishment Steal the WA Primary for McCain?
  1. Red says:

    It is no surprise that the Republican Party in Washington State has stopped releasing results. The simple answer is that there are no results to release yet.

    The Republican Party process in Washington State is rather complicated. First, the caucuses only pick half of the delegates to the national convention. The other half are selected through the state primary February 19th. This is via a mail in ballot in most but not all counties.

    The Saturday’s caucuses only selected delegates to the county convention. Those that attended the caucus picked these delegates from each precinct. If there were not many attendees to the precinct gathering those selected were the ones that had the time and interest to attend the county convention. Often there is no discussion as to whom the delegates will support. The delegates are free to back any candidate they choose. The county convention will then choose delegates to the state convention. Only after the state convention will anyone know how many delegates each candidate won.

    At this point, nobody knows how many delegates each of the candidates have.

    Is that clear as mud?

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