Tracking 2020 Democratic primary delegates

To become the Democratic Party’s nominee, a candidate needs to win 1,991 of the party’s delegates. Here’s where the race stands.

Illustration of Joe Biden
Biden
1,093
Illustration of Bernie Sanders
Sanders
816
Dropped out
Illustration of Elizabeth Warren
Warren
70
Illustration of Michael Bloomberg
Bloomberg
43
Illustration of Pete Buttigieg
Buttigieg
26
Illustration of Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar
7
Illustration of Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard
2

Democrats divide their 3,979 pledged delegates among the states, the District of Columbia, territories and other jurisdictions without electoral votes. That is based on a formula that takes into account both population and the Democratic Party’s strength in particular jurisdictions. (While Massachusetts and Tennessee have similar populations and 11 votes each in the electoral college, more people vote for Democrats in the former than the latter, so Massachusetts has 91 pledged delegates and Tennessee has 64.)

Those delegates are then pledged to candidates on the basis of results in primaries and caucuses.

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1,991 for nomination
3,979 total delegates
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Sanders: 816

Biden: 1,093

Next up on April 4

Hawaii

24 delegates

A number of factors make the delegate story more complicated:

Some candidates with delegates have dropped out

Some candidates who have been awarded pledged delegates have left the race. So what happens to their pledged delegates now? According to an interview Post reporter Philip Bump did with delegate expert Josh Putnam, if candidates have really dropped out, then their statewide delegates would be redistributed among those still in the race according to the vote totals. Since they only suspended their campaigns, as opposed to ending them outright, their delegates will go to the convention able to vote as they wish — but none will be automatically redistributed as they otherwise might be. Read more about the details here.

Not all delegates are directly assigned by popular vote

A quarter of each state’s delegates are awarded on the basis of the statewide vote, and three-quarters are usually awarded on the basis of results by congressional district. (Sometimes, particularly in states with just one congressional district, they’re awarded on the basis of results from a smaller jurisdiction, such as state legislative district.)

The 15 percent threshold

A candidate must hit 15 percent support to win delegates, either statewide or in a congressional district or smaller district. That can be difficult to achieve in a field as large as this year’s Democratic class. For example, if one candidate gets 40 percent support statewide, another gets 15 percent support, two others get 14 percent and others get less, only the first two will split the statewide delegates, proportionately.

A reduced role for “superdelegates”

There are still “superdelegates” — party officials and leaders and establishment figures — but their role has been reduced as part of changes the Democratic National Committee made after the 2016 primaries. According to the new rules, superdelegates will not have a say in the first vote at the Democrats’ nominating convention. If the nomination isn’t settled going into the convention, the superdelegates’ votes then would factor into the selection of a nominee beginning with the second ballot.

The Post uses Edison Media Research’s delegate allotment figures. Additional delegates will be allocated as vote totals are finalized.

Pledged delegates by state

Joe Biden
Bernie Sanders
Candidate dropped out
Delegate not yet assigned

Monday, Feb. 3

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Saturday, Feb. 22

Saturday, Feb. 29

Saturday, March 14

Northern Marianas (6)

Saturday, April 4

Hawaii (24)

Tuesday, April 7

Wisconsin (84)

Friday, April 10

Alaska (15) *

Friday, April 17

Wyoming (14) *

Sunday, April 26

Puerto Rico (51) *

Tuesday, April 28

New York (274)

Saturday, May 2

Kansas (39)

Guam (7)

Tuesday, May 12

Nebraska (29)

West Virginia (28)

Tuesday, May 19

Georgia (105) *

Oregon (61)

Tuesday, June 2

New Jersey (126)

Maryland (96) *

Indiana (82) *

Connecticut (60) *

New Mexico (34)

Rhode Island (26) *

Delaware (21) *

District of Columbia (20)

Montana (19)

South Dakota (16)

Saturday, June 6

Virgin Islands (7)

Saturday, June 20

Louisiana (54) *

Tuesday, June 23

Kentucky (54) *

*Some states have delayed their primaries because of the coronavirus outbreak. So far, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Louisiana, Wyoming, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island, Indiana and Kentucky have rescheduled their primaries for a later date. Ohio and Pennsylvania have postponed but new dates have not been confirmed.

Republican primaries have been canceled in some states, and the state parties have endorsed President Trump. While he has primary opponents, no polls have found levels of support that would challenge his nomination.

By Jason Bernert, Lenny Bronner, Madison Dong, Simon Glenn-Gregg, Jason Holt, Isabelle Lavandero, Erik Reyna, Ashlyn Still and Susan Tyler

Additional contributions from Terri Rupar and Reuben Fischer-Baum

Sources: Edison Research, Green Papers