Originally Posted by midwinter
Yes, it does. But it also works against the party. The GOP does the winner-take-all thing to whittle the field quickly. The Dems go for the "catfight all the way to the finish line" model.
The GOP is modeled after the Electoral College or "winner-take-all" as you say. This method tends to (unintentionally) disenfranchise ~50% of the electorate in a close contest.
I prefer the Democrats proportional method, in and of itself, as all votes count, until the nominee is selected at the Democratic Convention.
As to the D's superdelegates, in this
particular case, I'd much prefer their votes were based on the primary vote in their respective regions.
Watching the Obama and McCain speeches last evening was like dusk (nee McCain) and dawn (nee Obama). Old man reading from a teleprompter in what appeared to be an awkward low key monotone fashion (always seemed to be looking at the same position off in the distance) versus youmg man giving an outstanding-rousing speech from memory/ad lib.