Competition for Delegates: Stepping Up to the Nomination

The race for delegates is still in the early stages. There are 2,286 delegates up for grabs in this year’s GOP presidential race, and a candidate needs more than half to become the party’s nominee. Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina accounted for less than 3 percent of the total possible delegates, despite the importance placed on those early contests. Tracking the Republican nomination.

NOTE: Most states, the District, and U.S. territories get three Republican National Committee delegates who can support any candidate, regardless of their state’s primary. New Hampshire, South Carolina, Arizona, Florida and Michigan do not get the RNC delegates because they are being penalized for moving their primaries earlier. | Sources: AP, staff reports | | By Todd Lindeman, Aaron Blake and Karen Yourish / The Washington Post January 29, 2012
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