Strange news from LouisianaSubmitted by klangston on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 10:25
Associated Press - January 23, 2008 7:14 AM ET
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana taxpayers will spend $5 million to conduct a presidential preference primary on February 9th.
The party balloting for Democratic and Republican favorites is turning into more of a beauty contest than 1 of significance in presidential politics.
Louisiana's election follows the February 5th "Super Tuesday" balloting where voters in two dozen states, including delegate-rich California and New York, make their presidential picks in primaries or party caucuses.
Secretary of State Jay Dardenne says the Louisiana election could give some candidates delegate support at national conventions where presidential nominations are made.
Louisiana is not "a winner take all" state when it comes to Democrat or Republican national delegate support.
Democrats award most delegates based on proportion of the vote and a majority of Republican delegates remain uncommitted no matter the success of candidates in February 9th voting.
Only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in the presidential contest.