How Many Delegates Did Bernie Sanders Win On Super Tuesday? The Vermont Senator Saw Victory In 4 Different States
Just when you thought you had a handle on general elections by learning the ins and outs of that electoral college business, the 2016 presidential campaign throws a wrench into the mix. With a campaign trail worn down with the footsteps of an insanely large number of presidential hopefuls, Americans have learned that, when it comes to primary election season, it's all about the delegates. And while Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton brought home the most wins during Super Tuesday's primary voting/caucusing extravaganza, candidate Bernie Sanders was able to snag victories in four states and up his delegate count significantly. So how many delegates did Bernie Sanders win on Super Tuesday?
Residents in 11 different states went to the polling stations on March 1 to show their support for either Hillary or Bernie. Clinton clearly maintained her position as the favorite to take the nomination at the Democratic National Convention this summer after what most would deem a successful Super Tuesday — the woman won another seven states in just one day. Sanders, however, accomplished much more than just a victory in his home state of Vermont. Here's the breakdown of, first, the delegates pledged to Sanders in his winning states and, second, in those where Hillary took first place.
Note: Numbers are based on the most recent electoral information available on Wednesday.
Vermont: 16 Delegates
This was wholly expected. Vermont is Sanders's home, and he took over 85 percent of the vote and all of the available delegates in the state.
Oklahoma: 20 Delegates
The Democratic vote in Oklahoma was fairly divided. Sanders's 51 percent beat Clinton's 41 percent, so he won four more delegates than the former secretary did in the state.
Minnesota: 42 Delegates
The Midwestern state provided Sanders with a semi-surprise victory late in the evening on Tuesday. The Vermont senator claimed a hefty number of delegates in the Minnesota caucus, along with a 20 percent margin over Clinton.
Colorado: 33 Delegates
Another state where a 20 percent margin stood between Sanders and Clinton. The former secretary of state has 24 delegates from the Centennial State.
Alabama: 4 Delegates
Clinton went for a sweep of the Super Tuesday states in the south, and she succeeded. Sanders only won four of Alabama's 53 total delegates.
Arkansas: 7 Delegates
Yes, that statement about a sweep in the South wasn't a joke. Clinton has 18 delegates to Sanders' 7 in her husband's home state.
Georgia: 23 Delegates
This Southern state touts just over 100 delegates from the Democratic Party, but Sanders won just under a quarter. There are still a few superdelegate votes to be decided, though.
Tennessee: 20 Delegates
Despite the losses across the South, Sanders didn't go home empty-handed. He won about half as many delegates as Clinton in Tennessee.
Texas: 48 Delegates
Texas is always a tough loss for any candidate, considering the state offers more than 200 delegates on the Democratic side. As a result of the election, Clinton left the Lone Star State with 138 delegates.
Virginia: 32 Delegates
Sanders won only 35 percent, compared to Clinton's 64 percent.
Massachusetts: 43 Delegates
The Massachusetts primary came down to the very last votes before officials declared Clinton the winner. Fortunately for Sanders, the state isn't winner-take-all and delegates were split down the middle.
The final tally after Super Tuesday? Clinton has 554 delegates, and Sanders has 349 delegates.
The numbers still don't appear overly promising for Sanders, though. Clinton's lead over Sanders in the pledged delegate category isn't actually that big, but Sanders's total delegate count pales in comparison to the former secretary of state's count. This is because nearly half of Clinton's delegate count comes from superdelegates, who are not required to vote for a candidate based on state primary results. A final point of note is that, though Sanders can't claim nearly as many superdelegates as Clinton, a few from these counts are superdelegate votes for Sanders.