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« on: October 31, 2009, 07:38:44 am »

 



D E M O C R A T I C
P R I M A R I E S



Welcome to the official campaign thread for the forum Democratic presidential nomination!

This thread will begin with instructions on how the game is played, and will follow with nineteen stages each focused on one or several primaries in the campaign.

But first, let's take a look at the candidates as we enter the primary season:


       


       




Table of Contents:

1. Overview
2. Contesting a primary
3. Primary schedule
4. Candidate advantages
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2009, 07:40:54 am »

OVERVIEW


As in real life, the objective of a successful primary campaign is to win a majority of delegates at the party convention.  As you know, the more primaries you win, the more delegates you will accumulate.

In this game, weíll be using an artificial currency of 'credits'.  These can be earned and spent in various ways, and will be essential to your success.


EARNING CREDITS

Each candidate will begin with 10 credits, to get the ball rolling.  Additional credits are earned in two different ways:

The first method is already underway; forum members are able to donate 'endorsement points' to their favored candidates, which equate directly with credits for their campaign.  The thread where this happens is here.  Forum members who havenít done so already may endorse candidates at any point in the campaign, and credits will be added to their campaign war chest before the start of the next primary.  If forum members decide to switch their endorsements, credits will be deducted from one candidate (if available) and added to the other.

The second method is by winning primaries.  The number of credits earned is determined by the winnerís margin of victory.  This will be explained in further detail in the next post.


SPENDING CREDITS

There are three varieties of Ďtokení that you can buy for one credit each, and all of them will prove essential to victory.

Firstly, there are campaign tokens.  Each of these tokens will generate a random number between 1-1000.  These numbers are added up, and whichever candidate has the highest score wins the primary.  For the first four primary stages (i.e. Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina), there is a limit of five campaign tokens that a candidate may invest.  It may be possible to exchange campaign tokens back into credits after the primary, but this will depend on how well your candidate performs.

Secondly, there are bonus tokens.  Each bonus token adds 25% to your score produced by your campaign tokens.  There is no limit to the number of bonus tokens you can invest in a primary, but these cannot be redeemed as credits afterwards.

Thirdly, there are attack tokens.  Each attack token reduces a specific opponentís total campaign score in a single primary by 25%.  There is also no limit to the number of attack tokens you can invest in a primary, but these also cannot be redeemed as credits afterwards.  Furthermore, each candidate is guaranteed at least 25% of their campaign token score, so any attack tokens inflicted on an opponent once this threshold has been reached will be ineffective.  Finally, attack tokens are ineffective against an opponent in their home state.


ENDING THE GAME

The game will end either when only one candidate remains in the game after their opponents have dropped out, or if one candidate clinches the nomination by achieving a majority of convention delegates.  If no candidate has achieved a majority of delegates after the final primary stage, then... well... we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Smiley

The presumptive Democratic nominee will then face the presumptive Republican nominee in a general election campaign.

Itís important to note that credits will roll over to the general election campaign.  So if youíre a candidate who has just lost out on the nomination but you still have a decent war chest, you may want to consider endorsing your opponent to help them in the next stage.  (Or not. Wink )  Furthermore, the number of delegates you have accumulated as a runner up will affect your value as a prospective running mate.....
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2009, 07:43:12 am »

CONTESTING A PRIMARY


Itís important to understand how to enter a primary contest, particularly if you want to win one.  Some of the basics were covered in the last post, but here there will be more detail.

For the purposes of the game, there will be no effective difference between a caucus and a primary.  Whenever I describe Ďa primaryí, you can take that to include the caucuses too.


ENTERING A PRIMARY

To win a primary, you will need to spend at least one credit to buy a campaign token.  Unless you decide to opt out of a particular primary state entirely, I will automatically enter you in with one campaign token, thus deducting one credit from your balance.  If there are more primaries in one stage than you have credits for, Iíll randomly decide which states to opt you in to.

As I described in the previous post, you can purchase campaign tokens, bonus tokens, and attack tokens.  The best way I can demonstrate how these work is as follows:

Example

  • Candidate A buys 4 campaign tokens, 2 bonus tokens, and 1 attack token to be used against Candidate C.  A total of 7 credits is therefore deducted from their campaign fund.
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  • Candidate B buys 5 campaign tokens, 3 bonus tokens, 2 attack tokens to be used against Candidate C, and 1 attack token to be used against Candidate D.  A total of 11 credits is therefore deducted from their campaign fund.
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  • Candidate C buys 3 campaign tokens, no bonus tokens, and 1 attack token to be used against Candidate A.  A total of 4 credits is therefore deducted from their campaign fund.
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  • Candidate D buys 4 campaign tokens, 4 bonus tokens, and no attack tokens.  A total of 8 credits is therefore deducted from their campaign fund.
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WINNING A PRIMARY

Once I have received instructions from all candidates, or the designated time limit has run out, I will temporarily lock this thread and calculate the results.  As I described in the previous post, each campaign token produces a randomly generated number between 1-1000, which are then added up.  This score will then be increased and/or reduced by the number of bonus tokens and attack tokens that have been employed on it.

Continuing the previous example:

  • Candidate Aís four campaign tokens produce the following results:
    299  496  163  481
    This produces a subtotal of 1439.
    Candidate Aís two bonus tokens add a further 25% each, which adds 720 to the subtotal.
    Candidate C has employed one attack token (25% of the subtotal), and thus deducting 360 from the subtotal.
    Therefore, Candidate Aís final score in this primary is 1799.
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  • Candidate Bís five campaign tokens produce the following results:
    402  553  675  686  909
    This produces a subtotal of 3225.
    Candidate Bís three bonus tokens add a further 25% each, which adds 2419 to the subtotal.
    No attack tokens were employed against Candidate B.
    Therefore, Candidate Bís final score in this primary is 5644.
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  • Candidate Cís three campaign tokens produce the following results:
    79  685  646
    This produces a subtotal of 1410.
    Candidate C has no bonus tokens.
    Candidates A and B have employed three attack tokens (25% for each token; 75% in total), thus deducting 1056 from the subtotal.
    Therefore, Candidate Cís final score in this primary is 354.
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  • Candidate Dís four campaign tokens produce the following results:
    905 644  763  575
    This produces a subtotal of 2887.
    Candidate Dís four bonus tokens add a further 25% each, which adds 2887 to the subtotal.
    Candidate B has employed one attack token (25% of the subtotal), and thus deducting 722 from the subtotal.
    Therefore, Candidate Bís final score in this primary is 5052.
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  • The final results of this primary are as follows:
    Candidate A:  1799;  14.0%
    Candidate B:  5644;  43.9%
    Candidate C:  354;  2.8%
    Candidate D:  5052;  39.3%

    Candidate B has won the primary with a margin of 4.6%.
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RETURN ON INVESTMENT

As mentioned earlier, candidates are able to redeem some of the credits they invested in the primary (and more if they win).  This is calculated as follows:

The winner receives a number of credits directly equal to the number of campaign tokens they bought, plus a number of credits equal to their percentage margin of victory (rounded to the nearest whole number, at a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 5).

The second place finisher receives a number of credits directly equal to the number of campaign tokens they bought.

The third place finisher receives a number of credits directly equal to the number of campaign tokens they bought, minus 1.

The fourth place finisher receives a number of credits directly equal to the number of campaign tokens they bought, minus 2 if available.

The fifth place finisher receives a number of credits directly equal to the number of campaign tokens they bought, minus 3 if available.

Öand so on.

When a primary stage is over, if your candidate has no remaining credits, and you have not received any additional endorsements from fellow forum members during this stage, you will be forced to withdraw from the campaign.


DELEGATES

As these are the Democratic primaries, the delegates in each state will be split proportionally among candidates who win at least 15% of the vote.  There are no superdelegates in this game.  I realize that this is not entirely comparable to reality, but some creative license has been used here.

The number of delegates available in each primary is summarized in the primary schedule in the next post, and also before each primary itself.
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2009, 07:44:31 am »

PRIMARY SCHEDULE


The schedule roughly matches that of the 2008 Democratic primaries; for the sake of simplicity, the same schedule is being used for both parties.  There will be no primaries held for Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Marianas Islands, or the Democrats Abroad.

The Super Tuesday primaries of 2008 have been divided in two in the hope of making it more manageable.

The chronological list of primaries is as follows, with the number of delegates in brackets:


Stage 1     Iowa (45)

Stage 2     New Hampshire (22)

Stage 3     Nevada (25)

Stage 4     South Carolina (45)

Stage 5     Florida (185)
Michigan (128)

Stage 6     Alabama (52)
Arizona (56)
California (370)
Connecticut (48)
Georgia (87)
Illinois (153)
Massachusetts (93)
Missouri (72)
New Mexico (26)
North Dakota (13)
Tennessee (68)

Stage 7     Alaska (13)
Arkansas (35)
Colorado (55)
Delaware (15)
Idaho (18)
Kansas (32)
Minnesota (72)
New Jersey (107)
New York (232)
Oklahoma (38)
Utah (23)

Stage 8     Louisiana (56)
Nebraska (24)
Washington (78)

Stage 9     Maine (24)

Stage 10     District of Columbia (15)
Maryland (70)
Virginia (83)

Stage 11     Hawaii (20)
Wisconsin (74)

Stage 12     Ohio (141)
Rhode Island (21)
Texas (193)
Vermont (15)

Stage 13     Wyoming (12)

Stage 14     Mississippi (33)

Stage 15     Pennsylvania (158)

Stage 16     Indiana (72)
North Carolina (115)

Stage 17     West Virginia (28)

Stage 18     Kentucky (51)
Oregon (52)

Stage 19     Montana (16)
South Dakota (15)


Total Delegates:  3,494
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2009, 07:45:32 am »

CANDIDATE
ADVANTAGES


HOME STATE ADVANTAGES

As in real life, candidates often receive an advantage in particular primaries based on the proximity of their home state.  This element will be simulated in this game too.

The following map displays the various regions in which home state advantages are grouped:






The following series of questions will help explain how candidates' advantages in each primary are calculated:


[1]  Is the primary in your candidate's home state?

  • Yes - add 200% bonus and proceed to Q5.
  • No - proceed to Q2.

[2]  Does the primary state share a border with your candidate's home state?

  • Yes - add 75% bonus and proceed to Q3.
  • No - proceed to Q3.

[3]  Is the primary state in the same color group (e.g. red, green, etc.) as your candidate's home state?

  • Yes - add 25% bonus and proceed to Q4.
  • No - proceed to Q4.

[4]  Is the primary state in the same color shade group (e.g. bright orange, dark orange, etc.) as your candidate's home state?

  • Yes - add 50% bonus and proceed to Q5.
  • No - proceed to Q5.

[5]  Is the primary state in the blue region (i.e. the South)?

  • Yes - double your accumulated bonus(es), if any.*
  • No - end.

Any bonuses are added to the score subtotal produced by each candidate's campaign tokens.

N.B.  Each of the states at the Four Corners share borders with each other; i.e. New Mexico borders Utah, and Arizona borders Colorado.


* I realize that this may seem unfair on candidates from outside the South, but this intra-regional bias is pretty well based in reality, alas.



MOMENTUM BONUSES

In each primary state, each candidate will receive a bonus equal to the average vote percentage they have won over the previous three stages.  This will include stages with multi-state primaries.
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2009, 07:47:32 am »

STAGE 1







The credit balances of the candidates are as follows:

Diane Dalton     10
Franklin Finch     15
Gillespie Goldsmith     15
Linda Lopez     22
Martin Montgomery     11
Oliver Osborne     17
Quentin Quinn     28
Timothy Taylor     33
Xander Xiao     24
Zachary Zuckerman     24




IOWA

There are 45 delegates available.  These will be divided proportionally among candidates who achieve at least 15% of the vote here.


Home State Advantages

(Bonuses will be added to candidates' campaign token scores.)

  • Diane Dalton (MO) has a 75% bonus.
  • Timothy Taylor (MI) has a 25% bonus.
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N.B.  In this stage, you may buy no more than 5 campaign tokens.  There is no limit to the number of bonus tokens and attack tokens you can buy.





Please post your instructions for what tokens you would like to buy to compete in this stage.  You may edit your post as many times as you like if necessary.

The thread will be temporarily locked three days from now so that the results can be calculated.

In the mean time, please don't be afraid to ask any questions.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2009, 10:56:48 am »
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I'll use 5 campaign tokens, ten bonus tokens, and 1 guess I'll switch over to a clean campaign.
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I'll use 5 campaign tokens, 3 bonus tokens, and a clean campaign.
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2009, 03:04:32 pm »
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5 campaign tokens and five bonus tokens.
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5 campaign tokens and 2 bonus tokens.  Iowa is a critical state.  I intend to run a clean campaign, so I will pledge in advance that at this stage I will use one attack token against anyone who uses one against me, up to a total of three.  Should no one attack me, I will not attack anyone.
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5 campaign, 19 bonus
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By the way, what would happen if all ten candidates split the vote so evenly that none hits the 15% viability threshold?  No delegates at all?

Or, more realistically, only one candidate crosses the 15% mark.  Automatic 100% delegate win?
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I would like 5 campaign tokens and 11 bonus tokens please.

In addition, I will join Mikado and pledge to run a clean campaign as well. I will only use attack tokens, although an unspecified number, against those that use them against me.

EDIT: Good to see Quentin Quinn join the clean campaign initiative.

EDIT 2: Good to see Zachary Zuckerman join the clean campaign initiative.
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« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2009, 08:01:10 pm »

By the way, what would happen if all ten candidates split the vote so evenly that none hits the 15% viability threshold?  No delegates at all?

Um, good question.  Undecided  Hopefully, this won't happen, but if it does, I'll most likely lower or remove the threshold for that particular primary.

Or, more realistically, only one candidate crosses the 15% mark.  Automatic 100% delegate win?

That would seem to be the most feasible outcome.
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« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2009, 08:08:41 pm »
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[5]  Is the primary state in the blue region (i.e. the South)?

  • Yes - double your accumulated bonus(es), if any.*
  • No - end.

Any bonuses are added to the score subtotal produced by each candidate's campaign tokens.



* I realize that this may seem unfair on candidates from outside the South, but this intra-regional bias is pretty well based in reality, alas.


Wouldn't the South advantage only be for the Republican party?
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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2009, 08:16:19 pm »

Wouldn't the South advantage only be for the Republican party?

No, history has often shown that the South loves them a fellow Southerner no matter what color flag they be flyin'.
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One campaign token, two attack tokens on Quinn.

And one attack token on Goldsmith.
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Five campaign tokens, five bonus tokens, and I will also be running a clean campaign.
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Why are just about all the attack tokens againest me? lol
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Here's to Messrs SeŮors Goldsmith and Taylor for joining me in an effort to keep this campaign clean!
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Why are just about all the attack tokens againest me? lol

Always hurts to be the first to go negative. You can always edit your post and join the clean campaigners.
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« Reply #21 on: November 01, 2009, 02:46:46 pm »

I'll send a reminder PM to NiK (Dalton) and afleitch (Montgomery); if they both post their instructions then I can calculate the results early.
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« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2009, 03:28:50 pm »
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I'll send a reminder PM to NiK (Dalton) and afleitch (Montgomery); if they both post their instructions then I can calculate the results early.

Could you do that with all the Republican candidates as well Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2009, 03:50:20 pm »

I'll send a reminder PM to NiK (Dalton) and afleitch (Montgomery); if they both post their instructions then I can calculate the results early.

Could you do that with all the Republican candidates as well Smiley

Will do.  Smiley
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Do the Four Corners border (i.e. do I get the neighboring state bonus for Utah?) and are you doing the Maine/Massachusetts border you did in Risk?

NiK is going to get ridiculous regional bonuses.
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