He maintains Frontloading HQ (frontloading.blogspot.com), an elections blog.
The caucuses in Iowa were the first step in a “complex” system that will end with a state convention.
“That state convention will, in turn, select delegates to attend to the national convention,” Putnam wrote. “All that means is that the intermediary steps offer the potential for the campaigns to push a few more supporters on to the next step in a way that can change the (delegate) estimate from the caucuses.”
Hillary Clinton, who won Iowa’s Democratic caucus, received 23 delegates to 21 for Bernie Sanders.
Iowa’s superdelegates remain unpledged, meaning they can “support whomever they please, regardless of the results of the caucuses.”
“The simple answer is that that count really hasn’t been decided yet,” Putnam wrote.
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