for some reason the contacts on my iphone are not perfectly identical to those on my macbook pro. I cant figure out whats up. I have the same two account in icloud on each device, and no others for contacts.
I shut off contacts in my phone and re-added them , choosing "merge" when prompted. that still did no good. I have 3078 contacts in my iphone (icloud) account and 2170 on my macbook pro icloud account, and 2170 on my icloud ( icloud on the web) account. Which i guess means that fr some reason close to 1000 contacts on my phone are not synching up to the cloud i cloud account, which I guess is the root of the issue.