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Looking at the Delegate Count, As Best We Can

Mark Levin asks about delegate counts. (No doubt to congratulate John McCain and Mike Huckabee on their hard-fought first and second place finishes in South Carolina tonight.)

Slightly different from the CNN totals that several folks posted in the Corner, AP put this out a few minutes ago: “Romney has 59 delegates heading into the Republican primary in South Carolina, followed by Huckabee with 35 and McCain with 17.” But they also warn:

Nevada uses a complicated system of caucuses and conventions to select delegates to both parties’ national conventions. The process started Saturday with precinct caucuses, where delegates were elected to attend county conventions. The county conventions will elect delegates to both parties’ state conventions in April, where delegates to the national conventions will be elected.
The AP projects the makeup of each parties’ national delegation based on the results of precinct caucuses because delegates are elected at each stage based on whom they support for president. However, the process is volatile because delegates are not bound by precinct caucus results.

Freddoso addressed the issue of South Carolina’s delegates a few days ago:

As with Michigan, there’s no way to know exactly how they’ll be allotted, since half of them are being stripped from the state party. Instead of 47, there will be 24.
In a normal year, three delegates are allotted to the winner of each Congressional District, for a total of 18. There are three ex-officio delegates. And then 26 are awarded to the statewide winner.
This year, with the penalty in place, I don’t think anyone knows how they will be awarded unless they are reinstated.

Green Papers is stumped; their description now has (?) listed where they would put post-penalty totals in several places.
CNN is giving 13 delegates to McCain, 3 to Huckabee. That might be based on who seems set to win each Congressional district.

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