West Virginia and Nebraska: A “Let’s Just Get These Primaries Over With” Edition Preview

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Oh yea. There are still primary contests going on.

While most people have shifted their attention to the all but certain general election match-up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, yes those are our two choices, voters in West Virginia and Nebraska are voting today.

West Virginia is holding primaries for both parties, while Nebraska is holding its primary for the GOP.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is expected to win by a lot. West Virginia is a blue collar state that is overwhelmingly white. Bernie has cleaned up in these states throughout and if polls are any indication, he will do so again.

What does this change in terms of his battle with Hillary Clinton for the party nomination? Nothing.

For the Republicans, they are just going through the motions now. Donald Trump will be the nominee because he has won the most votes and the most delegates; and he is the only candidate left standing. John Kasich and Ted Cruz both dropped out after they finished far behind Trump in Indiana last week.

Democrats

Who votes: Open primary.

Poll closings: Polls will close at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Delegate Allocation & Thresholds: 37 total delegates available: 29 pledged delegates; 8 unpledged superdelegates. 20 awarded by district; 9 awarded statewide; 15% threshold to receive delegates at either the state or district level.

As is typical in the Democratic Party primary, each congressional district awards delegates proportionally to each candidate receiving at least 15% of the vote. West Virginia has three districts.

Districts 1 and 2 will award seven (7) delegates; district 3 will award six (6) delegates.

The remaining nine (9) delegates will be proportionally allocated to candidates who get at least 15% of the statewide vote.

Republicans

Who votes: Open primary.

Poll closings: Polls will close at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Delegate Allocation & Thresholds: 31 total delegates available: 9 awarded by district; 22 awarded statewide; no threshold to receive delegates at either the state or district level.

West Virginia employs a “Delegate Selection Primary” where individual delegates tied to candidates are directly elected to go to the national convention in the summer.

Each of the state’s three districts will elect three delegates to send to the convention. These delegates will be bound to their candidate.

The statewide rules are pretty nuanced, so I will provide the rules, verbatim, from GreenPapers.com. The state

“22 at-large delegates (10 at-large plus 12 bonus) are directly elected statewide. Of these 22 At-Large delegates that will be selected on the statewide ballot not more than 2 may come from the same county and only the 7 top vote-getters from each Congressional District that have been voted on by all Republican primary voters in the state, are elected as Delegates- among the 21 of these 22 not including the delegate-candidate with the most votes statewide; since the top vote-getting At-Large Delegate is immune to geographic restrictions (that is: the delegate-candidate with the most votes is elected outright in any event), he/she will not factor into the geographically-determined counts restricting the other 21 At Large Delegates. Please note that, despite these geographical restrictions, this system does allow, say, a voter in CD 3 to cast his/her vote for At-Large delegate-candidates in CD 1 or CD 2 and vice versa.”

Got all that?

Nebraska

Who votes: Closed primary.

Poll closings: Polls will close at 7:00 p.m. MST (9:00 p.m. EST)

Delegate Allocation & Thresholds: 36 total delegates available: 9 awarded by district; 22 awarded statewide; 3 party delegates; no threshold to receive delegates at either the state or district level.

Each of the state’s three districts will award three delegates to the winning candidate on a winner-take-all basis.

On the state level, 22 delegates will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis to the candidate who receives the most statewide votes.

The three party delegates will be pledged delegates to the convention also. They are party leaders; the national committeewoman, national committeeman, and the chair of the Nebraska Republican Party.

Each of these delegates are bound to the candidate they are pledging to support for the first two ballots at the national convention; this providing their candidate receives at least 35% of the vote.

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