People are all worked up over the caucus and primary, saying crazy things like “New Hampshire proves Americans hate politicians.” These states make up 1.4% of the total American population, and what’s worse, only 0.3% actually participated — less than a million people. Both states have populations that are are over 92% white. To say they represent the will of our great nation is completely wrong.
As we’re a representative democracy and not a direct democracy, the results of these elections elect delegates, which ultimately vote for the candidate later in the year. You might think that the delegates then decide who wins the nomination, right? In Iowa, it is actually much worse than that. In the case of the Democratic party, the caucus only elects delegates to the district and state elections, which later in the year determines which candidate(s) get the state’s votes. And, as in past years, the delegates can change their mind and vote differently months down the line.
The total number of delegates depends on the state’s population, much like the electoral college. And delegates are split dependent on how local elections vote — despite losing the popular vote in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton still picked up 9 delegates to Bernie Sanders’ 13. Thus far, 2.8% of the Democratic delegates have been elected. On Super Tuesday, March 1, over 25% of the delegates will be elected. Which means almost all of the country has yet to decide, has yet to speak for who they want, and has yet to represent America’s diversity.
What’s further telling is that Iowa and New Hampshire are not representative at all of our great nation. Thanks to Waldo’s tweets for bringing it to my attention:
Get out there and vote. Don’t listen to the media. Elections aren’t decided by the 0.3% that actually voted so far.