Skip to comments.Obama sails to victory in Dallas County district conventions
Posted on 03/30/2008 10:46:46 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
Packed delegates at times 'a nightmare' for Dallas County districts
Barack Obama cruised to victory over Hillary Rodham Clinton in Dallas County's Senate district conventions Saturday, as Texas Democrats continued their arduous and sometimes frustrating process of choosing national convention delegates.
Mr. Obama had double-digit leads in all five of the county's Senate districts, mirroring his electoral power here in the March 4 primary. Statewide, the picture was less certain, though Mr. Obama started the day with a caucusing advantage because he won the first round, precinct conventions held the night of the primary.
That may mean he can win more overall delegates in Texas even though Mrs. Clinton won the initial primary vote, as Mr. Obama's campaign claimed in a triumphant statement late Saturday. The Clinton campaign scoffed at that and predicted a strong showing once all the results were counted.
Moody Coliseum, where delegates waited hours in line. The packed conventions cemented for some that the "two-step" system of having caucuses after a primary vote is probably not suited for such a large state. Thousands of Texans spent hours in school gyms , other venues Saturday, arguing at length about credentials and other matters all for a handful of delegates among thousands to the convention that will nominate either Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton for president.
Delegates alternated between boredom and frustration. At one district, police were summoned to keep the proceedings calm.
"What you have is people who are energized by the process," said state Sen. Royce West, who led the convention in his 23rd District and at one point called the process a "nightmare."
"Ninety percent of our convention had first-time delegates. We are developing a farm system," he said.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Richie described the scene as "democracy at its finest."
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Exactly, and let's not forget the quagmire of Florida and Michigan.
Only the allocation of delegates awarded as a result of the primary was decided on March 4. The actual states of delegates have yet to be announced. Both Democrats and Republicans held county conventions in Texas yesterday.
I was a delegate to the Nueces County GOP convention. The main purpose of the convention was to approve the slate of delegates and alternates to the state Republican convention that will be held in Houston in June. We also voted on some resolutions to be forwarded to the state convention to be considered there.
There was a large group of Ron Paul supporters who tried to disrupt the convention by challenging the credentials of the chair of the Nueces County Republican Party and calling for a points of order during the reading of a report by the credentials committee. The chair ran the convention strictly by Roberts Rules of Order and had the Sergeant at Arms, the Nueces County Sherrif Jim Kaelin evict one of them for being out of order. Immediately about 50 of them left to form their own rump convention. There was nothing spontaneous about it. The whole confrontation was designed so they could walk out en mass. They named their own list of delegates and alternates to the state convention and had a list of resoltions they want to forward to the state convetion. I'm sure they will try to challenge the credentials of the delegates from the official Nueces County Republican Party to the state convention, but they will fail.
I could be mistaken but, I think I see white person in that crowd. Maybe not....
THE PROCESS IN TEXAS
Texas Democrats allocate their convention delegates in two ways:
126 were determined by the popular vote in the March 4 primary in state Senate districts. Hillary Rodham Clinton won 65 delegates; Barack Obama got 61.
67 are determined by conventions, held at the precinct, county/Senate district, and state levels.
every time the opptomist Repubilcan thinks Texas is in the bag all they need to do is look at Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, cities that have been trending back to the DemocRAT like their parents and grandparents for 50 years. We have lost the hold on the purse strings and people don’t trust republicans who are spenders. Look at Rockafeller or any othe RINO in congress - could they be a presidential candidate? If we lose Texas, New Mexico and Colorado the blue states will be way less powerful.
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