All that is a prelude to explain the significance of the numbers at the top: 51 percent, 47 percent, and then 32 percent.
As is, they now look ominously instead like that monopoly's prelude and farcical first act.
But the histrionics in that caucus are simply a prelude to an ultimate cave.
1560s, from Middle French prélude "notes sung or played to test the voice or instrument" (1530s), from Medieval Latin preludium "prelude, preliminary," from Latin praeludere "to play beforehand for practice, preface," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Purely musical sense first attested in English 1650s. Related: Prelusion.