Thank you for contacting the New York TimesSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 12:53
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Date: January 18, 2008 10:48:22 AM EST
Thank you for contacting us about The New York Times Election Guide 2008.
Currently on the results page, each candidate is ordered by the number of delegates received under The Times's delegate allocation standards.
For the candidates who have not received any delegates yet, which currently includes Rudy Giuliani, Duncan Hunter, Ron Paul and Fred Thompson, we have been using the candidates' ranking in national polls as the factor in deciding who to include, since the page is meant to be a guide to both the completed contests and the upcoming races.
The most recent Times/CBS News poll had Giuliani at 10%, Thompson at 8% and Paul at 5%. Other polls show similar trends -- see: http://www.realclearpolit... republican_presidential_nomination-192.html
If Ron Paul pulls ahead of Thompson or Giuliani in the delegate count, he'll be included on the page in place of the one he surpasses.
Paul and the other candidates in the lower tiers are all included in the individual state primary profiles with their results, as well as in the candidate profiles, finance pages and "where the candidates stand on the issues."
We appreciate your readership, and your taking the time to write to us.
How do you like these guidelines, people? I say we get old fashioned with them and let them know (POLITELY) what we think. The email address is: email@example.com