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Washington State Caucus Information Superstore - Erin Dean
February 4th, 2008
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Washington State Caucus Information Superstore
Here's the skinny:
Here in Washington we have both a caucus (this Saturday February 9th) and a primary (Tuesday February 19th.) Weird I know! We used to only have a caucus but then in 1988 folks decided they felt left out of the primaries so they voted to add one.

So which should you do? If you're a Republican you can do either (or both.) The republican party splits its nomination delegates between the results of the caucus (49%) and the primary (51%.) And you can participate in both so long as you do both for the same party.
If you're a Democrat you can do both, but there's really no point because 100% of the delegate are allocated according to the caucus. That's right folks, your vote in the primary will make no difference in who gets nominated. (Okay so you could make an argument that the news results from the primary could affect things somehow, but...)

So should you caucus? I say yes. why?
  • you get to take part in the political process
  • you get to make "caucus" jokes
  • if you're a Democrat it’s your only way to influence the nomination
  • if you're a Republican it means you have 2 chances to influence the nomination, when else does that happen?

    So what do I do on Saturday?
    1) find out where to go
    -if you're a Democrat go here http://www.wa-democrats.org/caucusfinder and find out where to go
    -if you're a Republican contact the party's chapter for your county. A list of the county parties is at www.wsrp.org (King County Republicans have a caucus locator at http://kcgop.org/caucus_locator.html)
    2) show up at 1pm on Saturday
    3) once there, either go to the corner of your preferred candidate (if you have already decided) or listen as people try to convince you which corner to go to and then make your decision (if you come in undecided)
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    From:greenblot
    Date:February 5th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
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    I've got the delegate count breakdowns by party for Washinton State.

    Democrats
    Primaries: 0 (0%)
    Caucuses: 78 (80%)
    Unpledged: 19 (20%)

    Republicans
    Primaries: 19 (48%)
    Caucuses: 18 (45%)
    Unpledged: 3 (8%)
    From:(Anonymous)
    Date:February 6th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)

    it's brian

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    I finished the book.

    Now I'm finally able to start on the other books in my cue. He suggests like 20 more good books in the end of his book though, and I'll have to read his thoughts about each and add them to my list accordingly. Maybe I should make a physical list of books instead of a mental one.

    Also, I need to find my muse.
    From:applecake00
    Date:February 7th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)

    Caucus

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    This is a great post, Erin! I was thinking about writing almost the same thing, but now I can just link to you :)

    To be honest, I never knew you were politically motivated. We should talk. I'm trying to guess who you support ...
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