How Many Delegates Does Hillary Clinton Have After New Hampshire? It Depends On How You Look At It
The big conversational terms of the week in U.S. politics are the delegate and the superdelegate. Hillary Clinton scored some delegates in the Iowa caucuses, while Bernie Sanders acquired a few of his own in the New Hampshire primaries. Well, truthfully, they both earned delegates during both the caucuses and the primaries, despite each respectively winning one event. However, recently, media sources have included superdelegates in Clinton's delegate count, to the ire of Sanders' supporters. Whether superdelegates should comprise the official count is a heated subject, and one that many feel skews public perception of the race. So how many delegates does Clinton actually have?
Currently — and including superdelegates — Clinton has 394 to Sanders' 44, but superdelegates are given a vote by the Democratic Party. They are not based on popular vote, and they are not promised until they officially decide who to support at the Democratic National Convention. The total number of delegates is 4,763, and 712 of those are superdelegates. Of the 712, 362 have pledged their support to Clinton, though this is not static. Discounting the superdelegates, Clinton has 32 delegates to Sanders' 36, so perspective is playing a large role in the leader of this race.
Superdelegates have never decided a Democratic nomination, as they tend to flock to the candidate who has the popular vote, recognizing his or her momentum and decisive importance in defeating the other side for the presidency. Essentially, they are not a sure-fire method of determining who's winning. In all seriousness, this race is pretty close, so keep an eye out for South Carolina and Nevada to see what lies ahead.