With the race still to be called in California, the following numbers of Super Tuesday delegates have been awarded:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden: 408 delegates
- Sen. Bernie Sanders: 344 delegates
- Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (dropped out): 46 delegates
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 26 delegates
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: 1 delegate
This total will be updated throughout the day as more results come in.
The magic number to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president is 1,991 delegates. It could take months to officially get there, but Super Tuesday is when a large chunk are awarded.
Having picked up the above delegates on Super Tuesday, here’s where all the candidates currently stand in overall delegate count (you can visit Vox’s delegate tracker for more on this):
- Biden: 465
- Sanders: 406
- Bloomberg: 46
- Warren: 36
- Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (dropped out): 26
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (dropped out): 7
- Gabbard: 1
The remaining presidential candidates are all competing for a majority of 3,979 pledged delegates; when Super Tuesday is done, 1,344 pledged delegates will have been spoken for. It’s important to note we likely won’t know the final allotment for days — or possibly weeks — as votes from California are counted.
Separately, the race also features 771 automatic delegates, otherwise known as “superdelegates.” After a contentious 2016 primary, the Democratic National Committee changed its rules around superdelegates so they may now vote on the first ballot to select a nominee at the Democratic National Convention only if a campaign has secured a supermajority of pledged delegates. Otherwise, they weigh in during a second round of voting at the convention.
Candidates are competing for pledged delegates against a backdrop of complex rules: Delegates are awarded proportionally, and most states and districts require a minimum threshold of 15 percent of the primary or caucus vote to earn pledged delegates. This makes the contest a bit fairer, but also means it’s harder to secure that magic number in a contested primary until much later in the year.
The Iowa caucuses officially kicked off the delegate race on February 3. But while the early states are all about gaining momentum, the race is ultimately about who can bag the most delegates and get to that magic number. Super Tuesday and the remaining contests on March 10 and 17 will get us 61 percent of the way there.
This could all be over very quickly if one candidate racks up an insurmountable lead, something that has not happened thus far. Should that remain the case, the race will continue into the spring and summer — perhaps even all the way to the Democratic National Convention in July.