Texas Caucus Chaos Continues
By Eli Saslow
The long delays that plagued the start of so many Texas caucuses last week are expected to continue -- until March 29. That's when the Texas Democratic Party plans to release, finally, the official results of the public debacle it held March 4. So far, with 41 percent of caucuses reporting, Obama has 56 percent to Clinton's 44 percent.
Good thing CNN ceased its minute-by-minute coverage.
The latest delay counts as just the latest in a long series of Texas caucus setbacks, most of which state officials have blamed on the record participation of more than 1 million voters. Last Tuesday night, the caucuses grew too big for their venues. Precinct captains ran short on pens and pencils. Phone lines jammed at a call center responsible for compiling results.
Both campaigns now must wait more than two weeks before the 67 caucus-determined delegates are allocated. By winning the popular vote in Texas, which held a primary the same day it held caucuses, Clinton won 65 delegates to Obama's 61. His supporters remain adamant that he will forge a comeback when the caucus results become final. But they also expressed frustration at the delay.
By now, they should be getting used to it.
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March 11, 2008; 7:16 PM ET
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