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I really wish the media would do a little research on these things. I mean, the DNC's phone number is available. We'll also continue to talk to reporters to help them make sure the facts are correct.
CNN did none of those things:
Now, neither Illinois Sen. Barack Obama nor Clinton will be able to attain the 2,024 delegates needed to clinch the nomination without delegates from Florida and Michigan.First, lets give them credit for getting 2,024 right. Even Kos got it wrong today.
But the premise of the statement is so wrong. Assuming no other candidate gets a vote, it is impossible for neither of the candidates to not get 2,024 votes. There are 4,047 votes. Someone has get to get 2,024 of them.
But what if you add Florida and Michigan's delegates back in? Well, then you have 4414 delegates, and you need 2205.5 delegates to win. (As shown in the sidebar table).
Its called a simple majority. And its a pretty simple concept.
And its not just the media getting it wrong. Marc Ambinder, on the same subject:
(Thanks to the readers who realized this -- you would be amazed -- maybe scared -- by how many folks in both campaigns didn't know this.)