Primary Breakdown

By: Kate Kassay Email
By: Kate Kassay Email

AUGUSTA, Ga-- All of these numbers can be hard to keep track of, so here is a break down of what it all means.

Since the South Carolina Republican primary, there have been six Republican and four Democratic primaries or caucuses.

On the Republican side, Mitt Romney leads with 66 delegate votes so far. John McCain has 38, Mike Huckabee's not far behind with 26. Fred Thompson has eight, Ron Paul six, and Rudy Giuliani has one.

On the Democrats' side, Barack Obama has a slim lead with 46 delegates. Hillary Clinton has 43, and John Edwards has picked up 21.

That could all change, though.

Saturday, January 26th is South Carolina's Democratic primary. Followed by Florida and Maine, and then comes Super Tuesday, February 5th. That's when most other states will cast their ballots, including Georgia.

It does not stop there, though. Elections will continue until the final primary in South Dakota, that is in June.

And, it can be hard to tell the difference between a primary and a caucus. That's because there is not much of a difference.

During a primary, voters cast their ballot for a particular candidate. A caucus, on the other hand, is more of a party affair.

Members gather, hear speeches, and engage in discussion before voting for a candidate. Most states use primaries. That may explain why all the talk of casino workers support versus teachers' support in Nevada was such a big deal.


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  • by anoymous on Jan 21, 2008 at 08:21 AM
    well good frederick you vote ahead for him but your just wasting ink because he has no chance. thanks for your opinion though
  • by Frederick Location: Augusta on Jan 20, 2008 at 09:49 PM
    FRED THOMPSON is the best person to lead this country. He is a true conservative and has been his entire life. All one has to do is check his record to see this. During my time in the Army as an Intelligence Analyst, I served under both Presidents Carter and Reagan (as my commanders in chief). Without argument, President Reagan was the best commander-in-chief a military person could ever have served under. Fred Thompson possesses the same qualities and vision as President Reagan in that he is strong on national defense and sees a dire need to secure our borders and control immigration. I can think of no better person to lead this country and fix the problems we have. He is the only candidate from either party who has specific and detailed plans on border security and immigration reform; revitalization of America’s armed forces; saving and protecting Social Security; and tax relief and economic growth. These are detailed on his Web site at www.fred08.com
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