The Will Of The People

Instapundit points us to this article by Taylor March that might make you question your assumptions about who’s in the lead for the Democrat race for the nomination. At least, it’ll make you question if you haven’t been paying attention. March does the math for you.

Based on the available exit polling data, we find that Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead over Barack Obama in the number of votes. As of February 16, 2008, 391,992 more Democrats voted for Clinton than Obama.That number does not include results from the District of Columbia, because of a lack of exit polling data. If we include DC, and assume that 100% of the voters were Democrats, Clinton still has a lead among Democrats of 333,981 votes.

But that number also doesn’t include Florida. Add in Florida’s Democrats, and Clinton’s lead advantage increases to 565,684. Nor does it include Michigan; and even if we assign all the Democrats who voted “uncommitted” to Obama, Clinton’s lead among Democratic voters grows to 678,276.

She also points out that right after Super Tuesday, Clinton had very nearly 300,000 more votes than Obama (which is not quite the same as voting Democrats). That number has become a deficit (a lead for Obama, that is) of 128,736 votes (again, not just Democrats) in the days since, but he asks you to guess what tune the press is trumpeting.

It’s clear to me that the press is still leading many of us around by the nose. That’s okay. Mickey Kaus’s Feiler Faster effect tells us that the press’s ability to do that will abate long before this election actually takes place.

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