United States presidential nominations: How delegates are selected

All told, 595 Republican delegates, or about a quarter of the total number, are up for grabs on Super Tuesday.


What happens to delegates if a candidate drops out of the race?

Donald Trump is now projected to be triumphant on Super Tuesday, and even though I am a registered Republican, I do not want the current forerunner to win. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

March 1 will most likely decide the Republican and Democrat presidential nominees, as there have been very few instances when a candidate has lost on Super Tuesday and then won the presidency. It’s obviously not impossible, but Sanders would have to start winning a majority of delegates at some point to claw his way toward parity, and his problems remain the same problems he’s always had: Far less familiarity than Clinton enjoys, along with a demographic profile not overly appealing in our modern and diverse Democratic party. Since Texas provides 155 Republican delegates, and 252 for the Democrats, it’s an important state to win.

And right now Clinton has a double-digit lead over Sanders. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will hold both Democratic and Republican primaries.

“To participate in a Caucus, one must be a registered Minnesota voter”, the campaign said on its Minnesota page. In all, 79 delegates from Colorado will attend the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia.

Delegates elected by primary voters and caucus goers are bound by popular vote, while superdelegates are not.

“More delegates will be chosen on Super Tuesday than all the other previous years”, said Deb Hogenson, chair of the Nobles County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. In the unlikely event that nobody breaks the 20 percent threshold, then the top three candidates each get a single delegate.

The Republicans’ state convention will be held Colorado Springs on April 8-9. Most of the races allot their delegates proportionally, meaning strong second and third place finishers can take home at least some delegates. Colorado is among a handful of states that prescribes to the latter form of narrowing the field of candidates. Democrats are competing for 60: 53 committed delegates and seven Super Delegates.

The term Super Tuesday has been around since 1976, but it became big in the late 80s.

Super Tuesday was developed in 1988 to combat the so-called “Iowa syndrome”.

No, though the crowd may thin. Still to come are primaries in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri on March 15. The final multi-state primary day isn’t until June 7, when California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota, as well as North Dakota Democrats, will vote.


He said he wants both Democrats and Republicans to participate because often, candidates cater to subgroups or extremes on one side or another until after the primaries.