The precinct convention.
It was a crowd that filled the parking lot. People clustered in what appeared to be fairly evenly distributed groups under Hillary and Obama signs. Some of us flittered back and forth between groups, saying hello to friends.
The most common expression was: Oh my gosh! You! I had no idea!
Democrats came out of the closet in force in Texas today.
The talk was fairly even too; nobody seemed to mind finding friends who selected the other candidate. Everyone agreed it was a close and exciting choice.
An hour later than scheduled, they finally opened the doors to let us sign in. At least half the people simply signed in to confirm their candidate, and left. The rest of us dug in and stuck it out.
I don't know if I can specifically share the exact numbers. I do have them for at least three precincts, though.
I can tell you Obama did end up with a higher count in all three. Nothing has been even close to a landslide, though, and at last count, only 40% of the votes were in.
However, delegates are counted and assigned. Cutoff was 10 p.m. in our area.
We had a total of 17 delegates and 17 alternates, split between the two candidates in our precinct. The split is not even, but it is close. The number of delegates is based solely on the number of people who signed in for those candidates at the convention tonight.
Note: People are allowed to sign in at the convention for the other candidate (but same party). In other words, you may have voted for Hillary in the primary, but you can sign in for Obama at the convention. I heard from several people who did this. They changed their minds over the course of the day. Their votes still go to the candidate they voted for, but it may have affected the delegate count.
I was selected as one of the 9 delegates.
My husband was selected as another.
It's good we both got it. :)
The next step.
My husband and I and the other seven delegates will attend the March 29 convention. Hopefully we will be selected for the next one, as well.
That's all for tonight. It's been a full and busy and exciting and historical day.
I wish I'd had a video camera to capture for you the amazing energy and excitement at the convention.
Other than preparing for her exciting and glamorous life as a Convention Delegate, you can find Julie Pippert at Using My Words.