Friday, February 22, 2008

Recount gives Clinton two delegates

Initial count of local caucus had awarded all to Obama

Express Staff Writer

Local supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton will be represented at the Idaho Democratic Convention after all.

An initial count of the 1,197 ballots cast at the Blaine County Democratic caucus, held Feb. 5, had indicated that Clinton was two votes short of the 180 she needed to meet a threshold to be awarded any delegates. However, a recount conducted Tuesday, Feb. 19, found those two votes, resulting in Clinton's being awarded two of the county's 11 delegates. The other nine remain with Sen. Barack Obama.

According to information received from the Blaine County Democrats, once Clinton's vote count reached the threshold of 15 percent of total votes cast, a separate formula went into effect to determine the number of delegates she would be awarded. Under that formula, she received 1.7 delegates and Obama received 9.3, which rounded off awarded two to Clinton and nine to Obama.

The recount was conducted at Forest Service Park in Ketchum by three Democratic Party officials, and observed by a representative for each candidate, said Betty Murphy, chair of the county Democrats.

The two Clinton delegates, chosen during the caucus, are Julie Dahlgren, a Ketchum resident and Clinton campaign worker, and Leslie Bradshaw, a Blaine County resident. The recount was conducted in response to a petition filed by Dahlgren.

The Idaho Democratic Convention is scheduled for June 12-15. Delegates from all Idaho's counties will choose delegates to represent the state at the national Democratic Party Convention in Denver on Aug. 25-28.

The Idaho Republican caucus will be held May 27.

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