US Party Conventions

With the 2008 Presidential season in full swing, I thought I’d take a moment to post a couple of links to how all of this works. I know it can be rather confusing for people in the US as to the delegate system for picking the two parties candidates, so it has to be downright baffling for those who didn’t grow up in it. Here’s the link to the Democratic National Convention website. The real gem is buried a little further down – how the delegate system works. At the bottom is a map detailing how many delegates each state receives and how those delegates are allocated. It’s a pretty good discussion on their system. Unfortunately, while the Republican party has a good website detailing the convention itself, I couldn’t find a similar map/detail about the Delegate selection process. There is a link for Delegates on the main page, but it only show “coming soon”. Hopefully they’ll update that section with a map in the near future much like the DNC has already.

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