WTF Are Delegates? The Best (Sort Of) Math Quiz You’ll Ever Take
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:
What's a/Who's a delegate?
How many total delegates are there in the Republican race?
How many delegates does a candidate need to clinch the Republican nomination?
How many delegates does a Democrat need to clinch the nomination?
What the heck is a superdelegate?
Out of these, which one has the most Republican delegates?
Out of these, which one has the most Democratic delegates?
What's odd about Colorado's GOP caucus?
What happens to delegates pledged to a specific if that candidate drops out?
Superdelegates are what percentage of total delegates in the Democratic party?
What if you're not registered with either party?
Which usually involves more mayhem?
Of these, which state has the most Democratic delegates?
Of these, which state has the most Republican delegates?
So, does a delegate have to vote at the convention in accordance with how their state voted?
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.