Huh? Yes, the headline is correct. According to CBS’s election coverage, Obama won 89 delagates and Clinton 84. Of course this was made possible due the the famous Texas Two step primary/caucus system. Hillary won the Texas primary with about 1.4 million votes in the primary. We still have no official numbers yet, but the caucuses were attended by a mere thousands of voters, which presumably awarded Obama a majority of the total delagates in Texas.
What is very interesting (again we won’t know for sure until the official vote comes in) is that it is very clear that a vote in a caucus is worth considerably more then a vote in a primary, especially in Texas. The weight of a vote cast in the caucus is worth roughly a thousand times more then a vote in the primary. This hardly seems democratic to me where one vote one person is the rally cry.
Of course, this is something that Obama doesn’t want to tout too loudly because he does much much better in caucus states then in primary states (although he has won some primary states). It seems clear that the caucuses do not reflect the general will like a primary does. If it can be 15 points different in Texas, then why not 15 points different in all the other states? Ultimately at the DNC convention, Obama is going to argue that the SDs should break his way because he won the most delegates, which of course reflects the general will of the party. However, if those delagates really do not reflect the general will because of the caucus system, then it is much harder for Obama to make that argument. We shall see how it all plays out.