- Benefit: Economic/Political benefit of being early or even first, which states seem to value regardless of whether or not it actually exists. Why else do states try and go first if there is no benefit? The first states do seem to filter the field pretty quickly.
- Cost: Lose half your delegates, hence some of your influence in who the democratic candidate will be.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Will West Virginia Be The First Democratic Primary Next Election?
Maybe not West Virginia, but some other state with relatively few delegates at stake. Why? Non-credible threats and cost-benefit analysis following from the Michigan-Florida decision. The outcome seems to be that Michigan and Florida will essentially get to count for half of what they previously were worth. If the Democrats do not change their rules for how delegates are counted when the state violates their approved election date before their next primary, consider the cost-benefit analysis for states that consider going early: