Delegate count

The Ickes strategy past and present
As a delegate and organizer at six Democratic national conventions (those that nominated George McGovern, Jimmy Carter [twice], Bill Clinton [twice] and Al Gore), I offer this advice to the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: settle the nominating business before you go to Denver. Convention floor fights delight the media but damage the nominee.

Delegate strategy for the Obama campaign is in the hands of David Axelrod, whom I met in 1984 when he was a Chicago Tribune political reporter covering the Senate primary campaign of Paul Simon and I was Simon’s campaign manager. After Simon won a four-way primary race, Axelrod succeeded me and guided Simon to a general election victory.


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