“Kicking out the Two-Step”, One of Top Stories of 2008

January 1, 2009 by  
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The Austin Chronicle this week named “Kicking out the Two-Step” the number 9 Top State Story of 2008. They don’t have their facts entirely correct, though, in saying that “it seemed to work fine since 1976”. As Jim Mattox testified to the Advisory Committee in Austin, there have been problems with the Two-Step in the past, such as in 1988. That was the year when Michael Dukakis won the primary vote while Jesse Jackson took more delegates in the caucuses.


9) Kicking Out the Two-Step. Texas has never seen turnout like it did for this year’s primaries, which also meant unprecedented scrutiny on the Democrats’ hybrid daytime primary/nighttime caucus presidential nomination system. It seemed to work fine since 1976, but after Clinton won the day and Obama took the night it nearly caused an insurrection at the state convention. Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, is designated fixer.


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