When You Drop Out, What Happens To Your Delegates?

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Delegates at the DNC Convention


We have a handful of presidential candidates who were awarded delegates before they left the race. So what happens to those delegates?

As of the writing of this post, here’s how many delegates everyone has:

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Well, if you have ever wondered why candidates suspend their campaigns, instead of ending them, there’s a reason. If a candidate ENDS their campaign, their delegates essentially go back to the state and they get reassigned proportionally to those candidates who are still in the race and got above the 15% threshold.

But if a candidate SUSPENDS their campaign, their delegates stay with them. The difference is they become “unbound.” They can still vote for the original candidate on the first ballot at the DNC Convention, despite not being in the race any longer, or more likely, they take the direction of that candidate as to who to vote for. The most common scenario is for those delegates to cast their votes for whoever their candidate has endorsed in the race.

If this primary is still neck and neck going into the DNC Convention this summer, those 150 unbound delegates might be really important.

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  1. Thanks for the info! I wasn’t sure how that worked. And why is Tulsi Gabbard still in the race, for Pete’s sake??? She has less chance of winning that I do!!!

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