A June Vacation for the Democrats

Zach mentioned yesterday that the states that didn't join the rush to the front of the primary calendar could end up having the most influence ...
by | February 8, 2008
 

Zach mentioned yesterday that the states that didn't join the rush to the front of the primary calendar could end up having the most influence on the Democratic presidential nomination. So, which state was clever enough to place itself last in the nominating schedule?

That's a trick question because it's not a state at all. Michael Barone explains:

The Democratic nomination may be determined by the delegation from Puerto Rico.

The delegates will be chosen, technically at least, in a caucus in early June. Puerto Rico has 63 delegates to the Democratic convention, more than similarly sized South Carolina (54), Oklahoma (45), or Connecticut (60). The Democrats, in line with their traditions of welcoming and celebrating minorities, have long given Puerto Rico about as many delegates as it would get if it were a state, while the Republicans long gave it only a few delegates and today give it somewhat fewer delegates proportionately.

Josh Goodman
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