CT Delegates explained


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There’s been a lot of talk and criticism lately about how delegates are apportioned during the presidential contest. Connecticut political parties have their own system of breaking down delegates. News 8 spoke to one expert from University of New Haven to break down the numbers.

For the last couple weeks, Republican front-runner Donald Trump has railed about the Republican National Committee’s rules for how delegates are divided.

Connecticut’s system of delegate apportionment is more tied to voter than results than many other states.

Up for grabs on Tuesday in Connecticut’s primary is a total of 28 Republican delegates, and 71 delegates on the Democratic side. Chris Haynes, Ph.D. is a political science professor at University of New Haven. With polls showing the Democratic race separated by single digits, it should be easier to predict delegate allocation.

“You can kind of figure they’re going to split it right down the middle,” Haynes said. “Hillary may get one or two more than Bernie, but it really won’t matter that much.”

The Republican side is more nuanced. Each of the state’s five Congressional districts has three delegates. Whoever wins the district, wins the delegates. The remaining 13 are considered “at-large.” If a candidate gets 51 percent or more, then they’ll pledge for that candidate.

“So if Trump gets over 50 percent, he’ll receive these 13 votes,” Haynes said. “If it goes below that then they are proportionally delegated.”

The Connecticut primary election is this Tuesday and the National Party Conventions are this summer.

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