Go look at the headlines tonight. They proclaim that on the Democratic side Clinton won Nevada
. Look a little closer. You'll see Clinton won the count of state delegates with better than 50%. Unfortunately, Presidential candidates are not nominated based on the count of state delegates; they're nominated based on the number of delegates to the national convention. By that metric Obama got 13 and Clinton received 12. Who won? Who won the 2000 Presidential election
? It wasn't the candidate who received the most votes.
On the Republican ballot in South Carolina, the media declares it a close contest with McCain garnering 33% of the vote and Huckabee 30%. However, on the metric that actually matters, convention delegates, McCain got 19 delegates and Huckabee only 5. What appears at first to be a 10% difference is nearly a 300% difference.
Yes, it's easy to snipe at the media. Yes, I'm going to do it anyway.
Journalists: lazily reporting elections for at least half a century.