Counting the Delegates: Amidst Campaign Drama, a Look at the Possible Convention Outcomes

May 5, 2016

In this tumultuous election, delegate math has a source of contention, with some calling the process rigged and many Americans scratching their heads about how much their votes matter.  And while the Indiana primary may have quelled some uncertainty for the GOP, questions remain. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, the delegate hunt continues.

  • Chris Galdieri, assistant professor of politics at Saint Anselm College, specializing in presidential politics.
  • Ben Kamisar, campaign reporter for the Hill.
  • Josh Putnam, lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia who runs FrontloadingHQ, a blog about the delegate system that tracks the presidential primary calendar.

Read more:

  • A Washington Post interview with Josh Putnam headlined 'Everything You Need to Know about Delegate Math in the Presidential Primary': The key to winning the presidential nomination isn’t winning Iowa, or New Hampshire, or certainly the news cycle. It is winning delegates. But how do primary and caucus outcomes translate into delegates? The answer has always been a bit mysterious.