Where the Delegate Math Now Stands

Clinton extended her lead despite Michigan loss
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2016 3:20 AM CST
Where the Delegate Math Now Stands
Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally Tuesday in Miami.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

There was plenty of drama in Tuesday's voting, with triple victories for Donald Trump and a stunning win for Bernie Sanders in Michigan. There were fewer surprises, however, in the delegate math at the end of the night, which leaves both front-runners on course to win their respective nominations. Clinton's delegate lead is not only intact but extended despite the loss in Michigan, according to the Hill. She won 32 delegates in Mississippi to just five for Sanders, per Politico, and will take 58 delegates from Michigan while Sanders gets 65. Counting 461 superdelegates, that gives Clinton 1,221, more than halfway to the 2,383 needed to win the nomination, while Sanders is at 571.

The math looks a little bit better for Donald Trump's leading rival, though wins in Michigan, Mississippi, and Hawaii have extended Trump's lead over Ted Cruz, who won in Idaho. According to Bloomberg, Trump now has at least 446 delegates of the 1,237 needed to win, with Cruz at 347, Marco Rubio at 151, and John Kasich at 54. Rubio is emerging as the biggest loser of the night, FiveThirtyEight reports. He fell below the 15% threshold needed for delegates in Michigan and Mississippi and just short of the 20% threshold in Idaho, though he may still emerge with a handful of the 19 Republican delegates from Hawaii, where there is no threshold. (More Election 2016 stories.)

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