State Delegate Allocations: Why They Matter

You must have heard the word delegate, right? With all the elections going around in the past month, it is the only thing we listen to.

Well if you don’t have a clue then here we will brief you on it and why they matter.

WHAT IS A DELEGATE?

Basically, a delegate is a person chosen to represent a particular group in the United States political assembly. At their annual state or county party meetings, they represent their voting precinct. Delegates are elected for two-year terms and have specific duties based on the class of delegate. Every year, delegates meet at their party’s convention. Delegates have equivalent rights as representatives, including the right to vote in committee, but they do not have the right to vote on the resolution on the house, where the entire house determines if it is carried.

There are various types of delegates: County delegates, state delegates, and national delegates or pledged or unpledged delegates.

Here we are going to put light on types of delegates.

A county delegate is nominated for primary and general elections are held for seats in the state senate and county offices.

As the name suggests the state delegate serves at a state level and it has the same capacity as county delegates. The delegates are required to attend the annual convention. They must also discuss any proposed changes to the state party’s constitution, state laws, framework, or convention rules.

A national delegate is a person selected at a national level and has the same duties as a county and state delegate.

Pledged delegates are a delegate assigned to a candidate depending on his or her caucus or primary results. These delegates can be vetted by the campaigns, and they can also send a list of names to represent them.

On the other hand, unpledged or superdelegates also known as “automatic” delegates, are representatives of Congress, governors, senators, and past presidents who are not tied to any single candidate because of the results of their state primaries.

WHY DO DELEGATES MATTER?

Delegates’ primary role is to decide on a party’s primary and general election nominee. If a candidate wins a majority of delegate votes at a party convention (60 percent for Republicans, 2/3 for Democrats), they will skip the primary and go directly to the general election. If no one wins 60% of the vote, a primary election will be held between the top two candidates.

State delegates are the ones you see holding signs at national conventions. They’re sent off to the national convention to decide on the party’s candidate, basically functioning as proxies for electors back home.

On the first ballot, a candidate must gain a majority of pledged delegates to become the nominee. The conference becomes disputed or “negotiated” if no candidate achieves an absolute majority. Unpledged “superdelegates” have the ability to vote on future ballots and previously pledged delegates have the freedom to vote as they want when candidates are eliminated.

THE FINAL THOUGHT

That’s all! This is all we have for state delegate allocation and why they matter. Know that delegates play an important role in elections. Delegates are selected based on election returns from hundreds of congressional districts around the country. Both of these district’s results are subject to the delegate distribution arithmetic, the 15% mark, and rounding.

Scott Walker & Ted Cruz: Where They Align and Where They Don’t

Scott Walker and Ted Cruz are two high-profile Republican lawmakers. Both are prominent conservative politicians. Texas state senator Cruz is more recognizable on a national level. But Walker, as governor of Wisconsin, is very well-known, especially across the Midwest.

Walker is three years older than Ted Cruz, and each man is a strong advocate for conservative political ideas. However, while they align in many areas, there are points that they respectfully disagree with. Let’s look at where Scott Walker and Ted Cruz align politically, and where they don’t agree.

Where They Align

Both Scott Walker and Ted Cruz are members of the Republican Party. Therefore, they align with most of the general conservative ideology. Each is strongly pro-life, ardently opposed to abortion. Walker and Cruz have vocalized their distaste for the Affordable Care Act.

Each man strongly supports a secure southern border as a national priority. They each advocate for smaller government and fiscally responsible legislation. Neither Cruz nor Walker supports same-sex marriage or civil unions. Let’s look at some additional policy concepts where they align.

Climate Change

Senator Ted Cruz has voiced his rejection of much of the scientific consensus on climate change. Cruz insists that far too many people fall into the category of global warming alarmists. His biggest stance against climate change was the letter he signed along with 22 other U.S. Senators encouraging the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Scott Walker’s views on climate change have aligned with those of the Texas Senator. Walker signed a pledge to never support any laws designed to raise taxes to battle climate change. He has also been a keynote speaker, denying or rationalizing global warming denials. Walker also believes many environmental powers should be given back to the states, not the federal EPA.

Gun Control

Cruz and Walker differ somewhat on criminal justice, but they align closely with gun control. In fact, both are adamantly opposed to any form of legislative gun control. Cruz believes that gun violence is the result of a misplaced liberal focus on guns not restructuring crime legislation to punish violent crime more so than non-violent infractions.

Both Cruz and Walker oppose gun control legislation, but Walker has been visibly more committed to his beliefs. During his time as governor, Walker signed legislation making Wisconsin the 49th concealed carry state. He also helped remove his state’s 48-hour waiting period to purchase a firearm, plus allowed off-duty law enforcement to carry in a school zone.

Where They Don’t

Since both Ted Cruz and Scott Walker both align heavily conservative, the number of areas that they agree on politically is considerable. However, there are a few instances where they don’t necessarily agree, or at least they disagree on how to reach a conservative consensus on policy. Let’s look at a couple of these areas of political alignment where they don’t agree.

Criminal Justice

One difference between Walker and Cruz would involve their differences in opinion on criminal justice. Walker has long voiced an adamant position that was tough-on-crime. During his tenure in the Wisconsin state legislature, Walker frequently sought to impose tougher sentencing guidelines and a reduction in the pathway to parole for certain crimes.

On the contrary, Senator Cruz has supported a more lax approach. He has openly voiced a disagreement with overly harsh minimum sentencing guidelines for non-violent infractions. Cruz is an advocate for the death penalty. In addition, he does not agree that marijuana should be legalized, but he also feels federal laws criminalizing the drug should be removed given to the states.

Budget Policy

One of the few areas where Cruz and Walker do not align is on specific views about economics and budget. Ted Cruz is more of a free-trade advocate as opposed to Walker’s more nationalistic approach to economics.

Walker’s economic policies came to the forefront during his last tenure as governor. He encouraged Wisconsin dairy farmers to ramp up production. His state-focused policy caused a huge surplus in the milk market, a decision that actually reduced profits for his local dairy farmers.

Cruz, on the other hand, has proposed a total end to the IRS, plus supports a federal flat tax. The Texas Senator is strongly opposed to a federal minimum wage, while Walker has never spoken out against a national wage policy.

While Scott Walker and Ted Cruz are two visible leaders within the Republican Party, they don’t always agree on every policy. Most of their core political beliefs align very well. However, there are a couple of points where these two men don’t align. Nevertheless, they are both ardent conservatives who are dedicated to the Republican ideas.