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What if no one gets any delegates out of Iowa??

Bear with me for a thought exercise.

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The rules of the Iowa caucuses is that at the precinct level a candidate must have at least 15% of the attendees to be viable, and for any candidate who has less, s/he is unviable and her/his supporters have a choice of moving to a viable candidate or going home.

But what if in one or more precincts NO candidate has 15% on the first go around?

It is of course mathematically possible.

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Even were there only ten candidates, in theory everyone could get only ten percent.

And as the number of candidates goes up ….

at 20 candidates, each could have only 5%

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at 25  4%

Of course we do not expect that to happen.  We should expect as of now that both Biden and Bernie should have sufficient support (and organization?) to e comfortably over the 15% threshold in most precincts.

But what it, even if not in all caucuses, it is conceivable that in some, perhaps a fair number, no candidate gets to the threshold.  Who then gets elected as delegates to the next level, the county conventions?

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This COULD get interesting …..

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