YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Winning the party’s nomination to become president is all about delegates.
Democrats have 4,765 delegates, while Republicans have 2,472 total.
For the Democratic Party, the first candidate to get 2,383 delegates will become the nominee. For the Republican Party, 1,237 are needed to win.
A candidate wins delegates from each state after that state’s primary election. Ohio is an especially important state for Republican candidates, as they take all of the party’s 66 delegates in the state.
Democrats do not take all of the state’s pledged 143 delegates, however.
Elections specialist Ron Massullo explained the process on the Democratic side.
Their delegates are split up by the 16 congressional districts in Ohio. Whichever candidate gets the most votes in each district, gets those delegates.
Youngstown and parts of Mahoning and Trumbull counties are in the 13th district, which has eight delegates up for grabs.
“It’s a process that we truly believe in. This way, we can get together early. We know where people stand and what candidate they are supporting months in advance,” Massullo said.
Each vote propels the candidates to an official nomination at each party’s National Convention. From there, the race continues between the top candidates on to the White House.