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WTF Are Delegates? The Best (Sort Of) Math Quiz You’ll Ever Take

     

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Primary and caucus days might feel a lot like election day, but the process of choosing a candidate for a party is even more complicated than the electoral college, if you can believe it. And it's all leading up to two huge events: the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Knowing how this whole system works is important: if you're voting in your state's primary, you need to know exactly how your vote's going to count and who is controlling it.

Delegates, super-delegates...There's a lot to keep straight. Study up and see how well you do:

1

What's a/Who's a delegate?


A delegate is just a fancy word for a vote.
A delegate is another word for candidate.
A delegate is someone involved with the party who will represent the state at the party's convention.
2

How many total delegates are there in the Republican race?


?
1305
50
3

How many delegates does a candidate need to clinch the Republican nomination?


15,723
1,237
3,256
4

How many delegates does a Democrat need to clinch the nomination?


2,383
1,237
896
5

What the heck is a superdelegate?


A delegate that's also a superhero.
A delegate not bound to any state, and usually an elder or VIP in the party.
A state delegate with more voting power than the average delegate.
6

Out of these, which one has the most Republican delegates?


Florida
Georgia
Illinois
7

Out of these, which one has the most Democratic delegates?


Puerto Rico
New Mexico
Washington, D.C.
8

What's odd about Colorado's GOP caucus?


There's only one caucus location
Anyone can vote in them
The delegates aren't choosing their candidate until the convention
9

What happens to delegates pledged to a specific if that candidate drops out?


They can go to the convention, but they don't get to say anything.
They're free to support anyone they want to at the convention.
The delegates go to the second-place winner.
10

Superdelegates are what percentage of total delegates in the Democratic party?


50%
15%
30%
11

What if you're not registered with either party?


Depends on what state you live in.
Too bad.
You can participate in separate independent primaries.
12

Which usually involves more mayhem?


A caucus
A primary
13

Of these, which state has the most Democratic delegates?


Texas
New York
Florida
14

Of these, which state has the most Republican delegates?


Texas
New York
Florida
15

So, does a delegate have to vote at the convention in accordance with how their state voted?


Yes
No

WTF Are Delegates? The Best (Sort Of) Math Quiz You’ll Ever Take

Lily Altavena

Lily is currently a TV news producer in Dallas, Texas. Previously, she was a production assistant at MSNBC. She is also a recent NYU grad. She interned for Ann Curry’s team at NBC News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the education nonprofit She’s the First. Her interests range from politics to education to comedy. She is not actually a dinosaur. Follow: @lilyalta.

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