Donald Trump's dominant victory in New Hampshire prompted Carly Fiorina and his pal Chris Christie to drop out of the race. Beyond that, though, the win earned Trump just 11 delegates -- 3 percent of his current total and just less than 1 percent of the total he'd need to be the nominee.

There was symbolic value to the win. But it didn't really matter much.

That's the thing to these contests: It's only the delegates that count. So Ted Cruz may have had the second-biggest margin of victory of the year in Kansas on Saturday, but he only netted the seventh-most delegates of any contest.

So, setting aside the winners of states, who actually won on Saturday?

On the Republican side, it appears to have been Cruz, whose victory in Maine and narrowing of the contest in Louisiana earned him the most delegates of any Republican. He went into the day trailing Trump by 98 delegates, according to early calculations from Real Clear Politics, and came out trailing him by only 84.

Between the Democrats, it seems Hillary Clinton had a better Saturday, gaining 51 delegates to Sanders's 45. She extended her lead to more than 200 delegates -- not counting her large lead among superdelegates.


These totals aren't final. Delegate counts depends on often-intricate calculations, which is one reason why media outlets tend to focus more on the winners of states. But in a race to a pre-set finish line, it's the length of the stride that matters, not how people move their feet.