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In Texas and Ohio, where the latest polls suggest close races between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton today, 334 pledged delegates are at stake. But by the reckoning of some political analysts, voters selecting 142 of these delegates are rendered irrelevant by the Democrats’ primary rules, because they’re likely to be split down the middle among the two candidates.
That’s because these delegates will come from the 19 districts in Texas and the 12 in Ohio that have an even number of delegates up for grabs.
Slate’s Christopher Beam
wrote to California Democrats before their primary that “there’s a good chance your district won’t count.”
Adds Michael Barone, in U.S. News & World Report, “Nobody seems to have thought through the consequences of having allocated so many districts an even number of delegates