2016 delegate race: Where the presidential candidates stand today
WASHINGTON — The race for the White House is heating up, and many polls, voters and media see Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump as clear frontrunners for their respective parties.
But how close are they to truly pulling away from the pack?
Nominees are chosen based on winning a certain number of delegates. Delegates are allocated on a state-by-state basis for each candidate through primaries and caucuses, and the rules on winning delegates vary based on state. Other factors, such as “super delegates” on the Democratic side who can switch their preferences, are also factored in when determining who has won the party’s nomination.
On the Democratic side 2,383 delegates are needed to secure the nomination. On the other side, a Republican candidate must earn 1,237 delegates to represent his or her party in the general election.
So where do the candidates on both sides stand today?
Clinton has a wide lead over Bernie Sanders, with 1,130 delegates compared to 499. On the Republican side the margin is closer, as Trump leads 384-300 over Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio (151) and John Kasich (37) round out the pack.
The Illinois primary is March 15.