The World: The New Math of Party Reform

ARIZONA'S route to the Miami convention began a year ago when the state's Democratic leaders settled upon a complex, two-tier nominating system. First, registered Democrats would elect 500 delegates to a state convention. Then the 500 would elect 25 national delegates to go to the main event in Miami, apportioned according to the number of state delegates for each candidate.

In the Jan. 29 vote, Muskie came out on top with 38% of the state delegates, Lindsay garnered 24% and McGovern 20%, with the remaining 18% uncommitted to any candidate. On the face of it, that seemed a reasonable outcome. But when...

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