Revisiting effective winnowing
Can a candidate be out before they are officially out?
Back in August, in the lead-up to the first Republican presidential primary debate, FHQ discussed effective winnowing in response to a comment that former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had made. The premise is simple enough: A candidate may still be in any given nomination race, but such a candidate may be effectively out of it. In Christie's construction, the notion was that if a candidate does not make the debate stage, then that candidate should be out.
FHQ took it a step further.
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