Slow vote count delays list of convention delegates winners named today

March 05, 1992

You know that former Massachusetts Sen. Paul E. Tsongas and President Bush won Tuesday's primaries in Maryland. You don't know who's been elected as delegates to the Democratic and Republican conventions.

Neither does anyone else -- yet.

Party leaders and state elections officials say they won't be releasing a list of convention delegates until later today.

Why does it take so long? "It's very complicated," said Gene M. Raynor, administrator of the state Board of Election Laws. "It's a long, long ballot."

First, the local election boards had to tally the returns for the Democratic and Republican candidates vying for a delegate spot, Mr. Raynor said. Then the local boards forwarded their returns to the state elections board.

The state board had to add up the votes for 550 Democratic candidates and 154 Republican candidates for convention delegates. And then the results had to be turned over to the parties, which must apply its own formula for deciding who will vote at this summer's conventions.

Kevin Igoe, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, said he's almost certain all 24 Bush-Quayle delegates were elected. A Republican candidate could win delegates only by winning the vote in a congressional district. Because President Bush took all eight of Maryland's congressional districts, he likely won all 24 of Maryland's Republican delegates.

The Democratic formula is more complicated.

To win delegates, a candidate had to win at least 15 percent of the state vote. Only Mr. Tsongas and Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas did that, so each will receive delegates -- though it wasn't clear last night how they will split them.

"We'll know at least 95 percent of them by tomorrow," said Nathan Landow, the Maryland Democratic chairman.

"Some of the data hadn't been collected yet. Some of it was late arriving" from certain jurisdictions, including Prince George's County, he said.

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