It’s no longer Super Tuesday. Hell, it isn’t even Ash Wednesday anymore. It is Saturday and after four days, New Mexico is still counting votes to decide if Obama or Clinton “won” the state. What the hell is going on down there? Well, it’s actually quite simple. The state is waiting to count more than 17,000 provisional ballots before they announce a winner. Currently, Clinton is only leading by slightly over 1,000 votes, so the provisional ballots will be very influential.
But what’s a provisional ballot? Provisional ballots are given to people who show up at the wrong polling place, whose names were not on the registered voters list or requested an absentee ballot but never sent it in. These ballots have begun to be tallied but could still take several more days before a final count is in.
Who will benefit from the provisional ballots? It’s hard to tell, but showing up a the wrong polling place is a pretty rookie mistake, and most first-time voters support Obama.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who wins or loses. With such a close race in the state, Obama and Clinton will split the delegates. However, it’s always nice to be able to say you “won.”
Clinton, Obama Await N.M. Caucus Tally – [Associated Press]