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The Delegate Hunt An unprecedented number of Americans will vote in primaries and caucuses on Feb. 5, a result of states elbowing ahead on the electoral calendar. While both parties have varying rules for allocating delegates, the sheer number of contests forces candidates to target just a handful of key states.


• Almost 1,700 delegates of the total 2,025 needed to clinch the nomination will be up for grabs in 22 states

• Democratic contests are not winner-take-all. Candidates win delegates in proportion to their percentage of the vote (above a 15% threshold)

• This rule hasn't mattered...

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