Spread the news! Hillary Clinton has emerged victorious in the Nebraska Democratic primary!
There are probably a couple of thoughts running through your head right now.BREAKING: Clinton wins the Democratic #NebraskaPrimary. @AP race call at 9:49 p.m. EDT. #Election2016 #APracecall pic.twitter.com/OI7h8LeQML— The Associated Press (@AP) May 11, 2016
1) Hey...that's AWESOME!
2) Wait...there's a Democratic primary in Nebraska?!
That's right. But here's the problem: the votes don't officially "count" because the delegates were already awarded two months ago in the Nebraska caucuses.
Which makes total sense, right?Clinton, in purple, won Nebraska primary (up 58-42). Sanders, in green, won caucus, 58-42. (primary doesn't count) pic.twitter.com/AmLezXvjX7— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) May 11, 2016
But at least the caucuses had a larger turnout, which better reflects the...oh wait...
Nebraska Democrats also turned out today to vote in downballot races, and they should be applauded for doing so. However, imagine how much higher the turnout might have been today if the marquee race actually counted!Turnout for the NE caucuses was about 22k -- Sanders won by 14.— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) May 11, 2016
In tonight's primary it's on pace to be about 70k -- Clinton up 22 points.
But even though it doesn't get her any delegates, this primary victory for Clinton does serve to further demonstrate that caucuses are definitely not the best method for measuring the will of the electorate and should be retired by 2020 or 2024.
If a state held both a primary & caucus, & Sanders won the one with higher turnout but its results didn't count, would he be complaining?— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) May 11, 2016
And hey, a symbolic win is still a win as far as I'm concerned...especially because it was decided by tens of thousands of good citizens who took the time and effort to do their civic duty.
Thank you, Democrats of Nebraska! Your votes count to me.