Headlines don’t always tell the whole story

Headlines all across the country today declared that Bernie Sanders won the Michigan primary, but that depends on your definition of won.

Sanders picked up a point and half more primary voters than Hillary Clinton, but what counts is delegates. Michigan awards 130 delegates to the Democratic nominating convention during its primary, giving Sanders 65 delegates to Clinton’s 58. But the state also has 17 superdelegates, many of whom are already committed to Clinton.

This is how Politico scores the Michigan delegate outcome:


So, Hillary actually “won” Michigan.

Though the morning paper got around to running a small graphic showing the delegate counts so far, it did not yet have all of the late night results and thus was out of date by the time it hit the driveway.

Here is the current Wall Street Journal delegate count showing Trump leading Cruz by just 99 delegates:



Trump picked up 71 delegates Tuesday to Cruz’s 56, while Clinton added 87 delegates to Sanders’ 69.



10 comments on “Headlines don’t always tell the whole story

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    I can’t believe it! I agree with Bernie, the system is rigged!

  2. nyp says:

    So how do you feel about a Cruz-Rubio ticket?

  3. Better than Trump.

  4. nyp says:

    I think Rubio would certainly help moderate Cruz’s position on immigration.

  5. Steve says:

    Don’t feel bad Bruce, several of my friends who support Bernie also like Trump.
    Both of them are representing the outsider vote.

  6. So for the week…(Saturday and Tuesday)…the supposed juggernaut, steamrolling Trump campaign failed to gain the most delegates! Cruz won 125 delegates while Trump garnered 124. You’d never know that from all the bluster on TV, radio and in the mainstream print media. This coming Tuesday will shake things out considerably…three big states with winner take all.

  7. Barbara says:

    I would be surprised if Cruz picked Rubio as VP.

  8. nyp says:

    Today’s Second Amendment moment: Five dead, three injured after mass shooting in Wikinsburg, Pennsylvania.


  9. Steve says:

    Ah, yes nyp.

    Another result of the drug war……


  10. Patricia Larson says:

    This is one more example of why people think their vote matters; but does it?

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