NewsPublic Affairs / May 2, 2016

So, How Does Indiana Dole Out Delegates?

Presidential candidates have blanketed Indiana over the last couple of weeks, seeking to secure as many delegates as possible in the hunt for their parties’ nomination. Here's how the state's Republican and Democratic delegates will be distributed.Election 2016, Indiana delegates, delegates2016-05-02T00:00:00-04:00

Presidential candidates have blanketed Indiana over the last couple of weeks, seeking to secure as many delegates as possible in the hunt for their parties’ nomination.  Here's how Republican and Democratic delegates are doled out based on Tuesday’s results.

Republicans

Indiana has 57 Republican delegates up for grabs.  Thirty of those delegates will vote for the statewide winner on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention.  The other 27 come from the congressional districts, three delegates from each of Indiana’s nine districts.  Those delegates will support, on the first ballot, whichever candidate wins their congressional district.  After the first ballot, all of the delegates can vote for any candidate. 

Democrats

On the Democratic side, the delegate breakdown is based on the statewide vote.  Indiana’s 92 delegates are chosen at the state party convention in June.  Of those, all but nine are “pledged” delegates, meaning they’re locked in to voting for a specific candidate on the first ballot.  How they’re apportioned is based on the statewide vote tally – if Hillary Clinton gets 55 percent of the vote, for example, she’ll get 55 percent of the pledged delegates.  Nine of the delegates are so-called “superdelegates” who can vote for whichever candidate they want. 

Both parties vote until they have a nominee. The 1924 Democratic National Convention, the longest in history, went to 103 ballots.

 

 

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