Candidates are taking a much closer look than they used to at the arcane art of winning delegates, not states, in this year’s presidential primaries, reports the New York Times. For the first time in 20 years, the headline-grabbing early races haven’t determined the national outcome, and candidates now face a complex and costly race to win delegates district by district.
"At the end of the day, this is a delegate contest," said Barack Obama's campaign manager. Democratic rules mean closely matched candidates could share a district’s delegates, so the campaigns are focusing on districts with odd numbers of delegates. Republicans are courting the few registered Republicans in heavily Democratic districts in California, where securing a win will cost less.