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A Look At How Indiana's Delegates Will Vote At Their Conventions

Nathan Gibbs

Presidential candidates have blanketed Indiana over the last couple of weeks, seeking to secure as many delegates as possible in the hunt for their parties’ nomination.

Here's how Republican and Democratic delegates are doled out based on Tuesday’s results:

Indiana has 57 Republican delegates up for grabs.  Thirty of those delegates will vote for the statewide winner on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention. 

The other 27 come from the congressional districts, three delegates from each of Indiana’s nine districts.  Those delegates will support, on the first ballot, whichever candidate wins their congressional district. 

If there's more than one ballot, all of the delegates can vote for any candidate. 

On the Democratic side, the delegate breakdown is based on the statewide vote.  Indiana’s 92 delegates are chosen at the state party convention in June. Of those, all but nine are what’s called “pledged” delegates, meaning they’re locked in to voting for a specific candidate on the first ballot. 

How they’re apportioned is based on the statewide vote tally – if Hillary Clinton gets 55-percent of the vote, for example, she’ll get 55-percent of the pledged delegates. 

Nine of the delegates are so-called “superdelegates” who can vote for whichever candidate they want. 

Both parties vote until they have a nominee.  

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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