Updates: Local and National

Now, with the results in, several have pointed out that Obama actually won Boston. Even with the margin, you’ve still got to credit McGovern in Worcester and Menino in Boston. Clinton won Worcester by more than 30 points and cleaned up throughout central Massachusetts. But Obama’s margin in Boston was just 8%, a fall smaller margin of victory than Patrick’s more than 20 point win in 2006. Left alone, Obama should have won huge in Boston. What would have happened, it’s fair to ask, without the mayor’s organization here?

Given the strong showing of Mike Huckabee, we now have conclusive evidence that Mitt Romney’s much-trumpeted address on religion failed. However Romney hoped Evangelical Christians would react to him, it didn’t work. It may not have been the only factor, but it’s hard to dismiss anti-Mormon sentiment in one of the factors in Romney’s performance in the South.

Finally, I have to credit the press, but it came late. Chuck Todd of MSNBC delivered a compelling and convincing delegate breakdown long after midnight, that had Obama winning the entire night by just four delegates. Wow! This couldn’t have presented earlier, because it wasn’t possible any earlier. He really broke it down.

Here are updated delegate results.

One Response to “Updates: Local and National”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    You’ve now insisted twice that Clinton’s performance statewide owes partly to Menino’s awesome political organization. Adam at UH has asked, “Does Menino have some secret suburban machine we don’t know about?” I’d like to know the answer to his question, and I’d also like to know specifically what the moving parts of Menino’s machine are (within Boston and, if you feel like it, without). I live in Boston, I work for the city, and I was a precinct warden, so you’d think I might be at least faintly aware of “the strongest political organization east of New York City.” I know of some senior City staff who are devotees of the mayor, which I suppose makes them cogs of his machine, but since you use the word “organization,” can you please enlighten your readers as to how, empirically, this all translates to getting out the vote?

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