Clinton, McCain Take California

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CNN has called California for John McCain, with 44% of the vote, and Hillary Clinton, with 56%, though the polls are still open in my home county, and only 15% of precincts have reported. For what it’s worth, the Times isn’t calling this one yet. Regardless, the delegate race, which is what matters, is tight tight because the Democrats award delegates based on the proportion of the vote, not the winner-take-all Republican method.

McCain is now the official Republican overdog, winning all 173 delegates in California, without airing a single TV ad. Just a random side note. Ron Paul’s got 5 delegates (he took 25% of the Republican vote in Montana). Spendy ones, given the $20 million his campaign spent. For you math types that’s $4 million per delegate.

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