Clinton Won This Many Delegates On Super Tuesday 2

by Claire Elizabeth Felter

Using the simplest of terms, you could say that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won one and she lost one on Super Tuesday 2. Laying out the results state by state doesn't always provide the best insight into the presidential hopefuls' progress toward their parties' nominations. That's particularly true in the case of the two Democratic primaries that went down in the second Super Tuesday. So how many delegates did Hillary Clinton win on Super Tuesday 2?

First, it's a good idea to go over where the Democratic frontrunner was starting from prior to folks in Michigan and Mississippi heading to the polls on March 8. Clinton already had a sizable lead over Sanders in the delegate count. I'm talking more than double his number, with over 1,100 delegates pledged to her (though many of those are superdelegates, who are free to change their minds). The vote threshold for a Democratic presidential nomination sits at 2,383 delegates, and Clinton was already well on her way to achieving that minimum before this past Tuesday.

On March 8, the former secretary of state took home close to 100 more delegates. In Mississippi, Clinton pretty much came as close to achieving a clean sweep as a candidate can, getting just under 83 percent of the vote. And with 36 of the state's 41 delegates up for grabs in the popular election, that meant an additional 29 delegates for Clinton to add to her count. The allocation of delegates may have been proportional to the vote, but this win was pretty darned near a winner-take-all scenario.

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In Michigan, 130 of the state's 147 Democratic delegates were available in the primary. That's a significant number, so the victory — which went to Sanders by a few percentage points — may appear to be pretty important for the Vermont senator. However, the Democratic Party in Michigan, like in Mississippi and the majority of other states, gives out its delegates proportionally. Clinton may have lost, but just barely, and so she was awarded a mere seven fewer delegates than Sanders (58 to his 65). When taking superdelegates into account, Clinton actually gained more delegates from the state than Sanders.

To bring some broader perspective to the evening, Sanders boosted his total delegate count by 69 on Super Tuesday 2, while Clinton increased hers by 87. So the margin between the two only grew wider on March 8.