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Reminder: We Can Still Win Iowa (Reddit repost)

No, I'm not kidding here. It would seriously behoove us to do it, too.



Martin O'Malley had 763 precinct-level delegates. This was converted into 8 county-level delegates.

Now, in normal circumstances this wouldn't matter. In a primary, the votes would just be "wasted", and in a caucus even one percent apart, the realignment would be meaningless. However, Hillary and Bernie were separated by a mere FOUR county-level delegates. And in Iowa's caucus system, a series of conventions occur after the initial caucus, the first being March 12 (three days from now) at the county level.

Just like in precinct caucuses, a candidate under 15% is unviable, and their voters must realign. What does this mean? It means that O'Malley has eight delegates-at-large who can legitimately swing the "virtual tie" to give us the technical win as opposed to Hillary.

If his delegates split 6-2 in Bernie's favor, it results in a perfect tie. If they split 7-1 or 8-0, he wins Iowa "for real". Therefore, if we can convince them to mostly support Bernie before the next big round of votes (something I think we can pretty easily do after this huge Michigan upset), Bernie wins Iowa and makes the state race 11-10 instead of 12-9.

So I'm paging /u/Aidan_King into here, just in case. We need to contact Governor O'Malley and also reach out to each of his delegates-at-large if there's any remote way to track them down and make the case before they get to their respective county conventions and succumb to pressures from Clinton delegates. It would be a really good news headline - "Sanders Actually Won Iowa" - going into these next five states!

Edit: Here is the delegate spread for the candidates. We can triangulate O'Malley's support to the particular precincts that gave him county delegates and work back from there.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Mar 9, 2016, 01:27 PM (5 replies)

For those who want to watch the results on their own.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue Mar 8, 2016, 10:21 PM (6 replies)

Amid high turnout, Michigan primary precinct runs out of Democratic ballots in mix-up

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Polling places are busy on this primary election day in Michigan, with some locations reportedly running out of ballots.

Multiple callers at Plainfield Township precinct No. 3 -- the Ambrose Ridge Apartments -- told WZZM that Democratic ballots have run out.

There was some sort of miscommunication between the Kent County clerk's office and this particular precinct, reports WZZM's David Bailey. Democratic ballots destined for this precinct were sent to another by mistake, an official said.

They were without ballots for about two hours, and people were turned away.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue Mar 8, 2016, 07:26 PM (8 replies)

Black Men for Bernie Sanders in Michigan with Mark Ruffalo [CC]

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue Mar 8, 2016, 06:32 PM (5 replies)

The Real News Room - Bern Edition - 3.8.2016 (Good show this morning)

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue Mar 8, 2016, 06:15 PM (2 replies)

Michigan mayor says he was nearly kicked out of Dem debate

A Michigan mayor was threatened with ejection from Sunday’s Democratic debate in Flint, Mich., for voicing his support for one candidate, BuzzFeed News reports.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, who was sitting behind Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said he was complimenting Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But staffers for the DNC said Fouts was “being very disruptive,” according to BuzzFeed.

The mayor said he and his assistant were pulled aside by security during a commercial break and were told that people had asked for him to be removed.

“The sergeant-at-arms said, ‘The people that run this want you ejected, they don’t want you here,’” Fouts said.

When asked if it was Wasserman Schultz making the request, Fouts said, “The security guy said, ‘Don’t say I said it.’”

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue Mar 8, 2016, 12:40 PM (3 replies)



If you are a US Citizen living abroad (who has not yet voted for a presidential candidate in a primary or caucus), you can register and vote right now in the Democrats Abroad global presidential primary. Be aware that you can still vote in your home state's primary later for nonpresidential candidates.

The situation: We've been doing very well in the Democrats Abroad global primary and we're gunning for a shut-out. There are 13 delegates at stake here (plus 8 superdelegates with a half-vote each for 4 votes total) and voter turnout to the global primary is so lousy that your vote here is extremely powerful. Help us make the shut-out happen so Sanders takes everything! Today is the LAST day to vote in democrats abroad.

The deadline: Ballots may be emailed as scanned copies to PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org from January 11 to March 8 so long as they are received no later than 24:00 hours CET on March 8, 2016. Here is the CET clock: http://time.is/CET

Addendum: There is no confirmation reply. You send it and you're done.

Sanders weighing in on Democrats Abroad issues: http://www.democratsabroad.org/our_candidates#Bernie

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue Mar 8, 2016, 12:33 PM (2 replies)

Michigan State Senator Bert Johnson Endorses Bernie Sanders

DETROIT – In another show of growing support, state Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit on Monday endorsed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Johnson cited Sanders’ lifelong commitment to civil rights and his work to support the working class and end economic inequality.

“Bernie’s concerns are the same concerns that I have for my constituents. His commitment to create jobs, reduce inequity and end the disparities between whites and blacks.” said Johnson.

“Sen. Sanders understands what is happening here on the ground in Michigan and his policies will directly support the residents of my district.”

Johnson’s Senate district includes northeast Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and all five Grosse Pointe communities.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon Mar 7, 2016, 03:32 PM (2 replies)

Missouri State Representative Clem Smith Endorses Bernie

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon Mar 7, 2016, 03:12 PM (2 replies)

Bernie Sanders Rally in Dearborn, Michigan. (Go Bernie Go!)

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon Mar 7, 2016, 03:06 PM (3 replies)
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