How Missouri divvies up its presidential primary delegates

On Super Tuesday II, Missouri is the smallest prize up for grabs.

There are 71 Democratic delegates and 52 Republican delegates at stake in the state today. Greater numbers of delegates are on the table in the other four states holding primaries: Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio.

Missouri actually has 84 total delegates to the Democratic National Convention, but 13 of them are superdelegates and can support whomever they choose.

Forty-seven of Missouri’s Democratic delegates are awarded based on how candidates do in the state’s eight congressional districts. The other 24 are allocated based on the statewide race. In both cases, candidates need at least 15 percent of the vote to receive delegates.

On the Republican side, if any candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, he would claim all 52 delegates. If not, five votes go to the winner in each congressional district, and 12 go to the statewide winner.

Read more: Southeast Missourian

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