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Super Tuesday: How they divvy up the delegates

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Super Tuesday has finally arrived! As the race for the White House enters the homestretch, GOP presidential hopefuls continue to fight for your vote until the very end.

While the GOP Primary doesn't guarantee at least a four-year stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it does give some indication of who will challenge President Barack Obama in November.

A total of 419 delegates are at stake on Super Tuesday, with 55 in Tennessee and 76 in Georgia, which has the largest number to win.

These delegates will represent their respective areas at the GOP Convention in August.

But what determines, who gets what, and how many? It varies from state to state.


In Georgia, the winner won't necessarily take all.

Of the 76 delegates up for grabs, 42 are divided among the 14 congressional districts, each getting three.

A candidate must receive 50% plus 1 of a particular district's vote to win all three delegates.

Should a candidate receive the largest number of votes, but fall short of 50% plus 1, he will receive two delegates and second place will receive one.

The remaining 34 delegates in the Peach State will be distributed among the candidates in proportion with the number of votes they receive.

However, a candidate must get at least 20% of the overall vote to receive a delegate.


In Tennessee, there is a total of 58 delegates, with 41 up for grabs on Super Tuesday.

Fourteen of the 58 delegates will be awarded by the state party at a later date, following a meeting with the winning candidate's campaign officials.

Three of the 58 delegates, the state party chair and both the chairman and chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, serve as unbound delegates.

The distribution process of the remaining delegates is very similar to Georgia's.

However, a candidate must receive at least 66% of a district's overall vote to claim all three delegates, and 66% of the statewide vote to win all of the 14 delegates at large.

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