The candidates are battling for a majority of 3,979 pledged delegates, meaning the magic number to secure the nomination is 1,991 delegates.

The candidates are battling for a majority of 3,979 pledged delegates, meaning the magic number to secure the nomination is 1,991 delegates.

The four-month process of choosing a Democratic presidential nominee began on February 3 in Iowa and will end when those in the U.S. Virgin Islands vote in June. In July, party members will converge on Milwaukee, Wisconsin to finalize their choice on who will take on President Donald Trump in November.
Newsweek is tracking the number of delegates each candidate has been awarded in the race to date. The current tally per Statista (for both those still running and those who have withdrawn) is as follows:
The candidates are battling for a majority of 3,979 pledged delegates, meaning the magic number to secure the nomination is 1,991 delegates.
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There are also 771 superdelegates who will be able to vote for their desired nominee at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee from July 13-16. These superdelegates can cast their ballots in the first round of voting only if a candidate has already secured a majority of pledged delegates.
If no candidate has a majority, the superdelegates can vote from the second round onward. Then, a candidate will have to win a majority of 2,375 pledged and superdelegates.
The rules around delegates representing candidates who have dropped out vary by state laws and state party rules, though they will largely be able to report to the DNC and vote for whoever they like. Some states dictate that the delegates will still have to vote for their candidate in the first round of balloting.
Many of these delegates will likely follow the endorsements of their original candidatesfor example Buttigieg and Klobuchar delegates may well back Bidenonce they are able to vote freely.
A total of 1,357 delegatesaround 34 percent of the totalwill be up for grabs on Super Tuesday. They are spread across fourteen states and one U.S. territory as follows, in descending order of the number of delegates available:

  • California: 415
  • Texas: 228
  • North Carolina: 110
  • Virginia: 99
  • Massachusetts: 91
  • Minnesota: 75
  • Colorado: 67
  • Tennessee: 64
  • Alabama: 52
  • Oklahoma: 37
  • Arkansas: 31
  • Utah: 29
  • Maine: 24
  • Vermont: 16
  • American Samoa: 6

A week-long vote for Democrats abroad will also begin on Super Tuesday, from which 13 delegates will be awarded.
The other largest states by delegate number are spread out over the weeks between Super Tuesday and the end of voting in June. With the Democratic field narrowing, it appears likely that Biden and Sanders will be the final two left battling for the nomination in the contest’s latter stages. Some key dates and states are:
March 10Michigan: 125
March 17Florida: 219Illinois: 155Ohio: 136
March 24Georgia: 105
April 28New York: 274Pennsylvania: 186
June 2New Jersey: 126

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