WTF? Wyoming's Voting Today

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Morpheus

I just turned on CNN and they were reporting that Mitt Romney had won the Wyoming Caucus. Anyone know anything about this? Why does the MSM cover the hell out of Iowa and New Hampshire, while treating the Wyoming Caucus as a non-event?
 
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davisjr1990

Wyoming doesn't matter. Iowa and New Hampshire are the first two primaries (or caucus) and that's part of all the media attention. Historically speaking too, if you don't win in Iowa or New Hampshire, you don't win the primaries.

Wyoming has like two people. Cows can vote out there.
 
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Peterpan

I just turned on CNN and they were reporting that Mitt Romney had won the Wyoming Caucus. Anyone know anything about this? Why does the MSM cover the hell out of Iowa and New Hampshire, while treating the Wyoming Caucus as a non-event?
Wyoming? what is a "Wyoming"?

Cause Wyoming has about 500,000 people in it. Believe it or not, a lot of people don't know where it is on the map.


In comparison, Iowa has almost 3 million people.

That is why one was covered more than the other. IMO
 
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Peterpan

er......I posted my previous post before I saw the new posts on this thread FYI.


It took me a long time to type it up thats all..... lol
 
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Morpheus

In comparison, Iowa has almost 3 million people.

That is why one was covered more than the other. IMO
Ok, well Iowa clearly isn't one of the major population centers of this country, but that is a pretty good disparity. I guess those poor Wyomingians (or whatever they're called) just don't have the manpower for anyone to give their votes a bit of concern...
 
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Peterpan

Ok, well Iowa clearly isn't one of the major population centers of this country, but that is a pretty good disparity. I guess those poor Wyomingians (or whatever they're called) just don't have the manpower for anyone to give their votes a bit of concern...

Poor Wyoming and North Dakota and their half a mil populations:(



GOOOO TEXAS 23 Mil!!!! he he he he
 
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Morpheus

According to the Weekly Standard the Wyoming Caucus is a very undemocratic process, if they changed how they did it, it might become more influential. You'd think CNN could have explained this:

excerpt:

Whither Wyoming?
A primary no one seems to have noticed.
by John McCormack
01/04/2008 5:26:00 PM


"AS WYOMING GOES, so the nation"--that's an aphorism that will probably never describe American politics. But tomorrow, Wyoming Republicans will play a more significant role than ever before in determining their party's presidential nominee, when they elect 12 delegates--the same number allotted to New Hampshire--to the Republican National Convention.

If you didn't know the Wyoming GOP is holding an election tomorrow, don't feel too out of the loop. With all eyes fixed on Iowa and New Hampshire, the media--and the candidates themselves--haven't paid much attention to Wyoming either. And there are a few good reasons for that.

While Wyoming lacks the historical and geographical significance of Iowa and New Hampshire, what most diminishes its importance is its arcane system of electing delegates, a process that is much more liable to charges of being "undemocratic" and "unrepresentative" than the Iowa caucuses.

Tomorrow, 12 of the state's counties will independently elect one national delegate each at their county conventions. These county conventions range in size from about fifty county delegates in Teton county (pop. 19,288) to a hundred county delegates in Laramie county (pop. 515,004). In most counties, about two-thirds to three-fourths of the county delegates are committeemen and women who were elected back in 2006, while the remaining county delegates were elected at presidential caucuses held in December 2007 or appointed by the county chairmen in case of vacancies.

So the majority of county delegates who will choose Wyoming's 12 national delegates were not elected because of their presidential preference, but were vested with this power on account of being active party members. It's not exactly a model of Athenian democracy, but in Wyoming's defense, the county conventions are more democratic than the smoke-filled room where Warren G. Harding was nominated in 1920.

While tomorrow's election is more an expression of the preferences of active state party members than the will of the masses, a few Republican candidates have made an effort to win the state. Amy Larimer, executive director of Wyoming GOP, tells me that Romney, Thompson, and Paul have each visited the state personally, and their campaigns have deluged county delegates with direct mail and phone calls. Giuliani surrogates have campaigned in the state, while the Huckabee and McCain campaigns have been nonexistent. If you're wondering about Duncan Hunter, he's invested a lot in the state and mailed out a DVD to woo support of the county delegates, so look for him to drop out if he loses.

Whither Wyoming?
 
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gpsweetness

Looks like Romney is trucking now! Wyoming being such a bell weather state and all...