ELECTION RESULTS: 2020 primary races

Biden called projected winner of presidential primary in Mississippi, according to the Associated Press.
Updated: Mar. 10, 2020 at 7:18 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Tuesday was Election Day in Mississippi. The polls are now closed, and votes are being tallied.

The races include:

  • President - Democratic Primary
  • President - Republican Primary
  • U.S. Senate - Democratic Primary
  • U.S. House District 2 - Republican Primary
  • U.S. House District 2 - Democratic Primary
  • U.S. House District 3 - Democratic Primary
  • U.S. House District 3 - Republican Primary
  • U.S. House District 4 - Republican Primary

Stay with WLBT as we keep track of all the night’s big winners.

There’s a lot of national talk about delegates. And we wanted to let you know what kind of representation Mississippi will have in the form of delegates. Let’s start on the Republican side.

“There are 40 delegates in total for Mississippi,” explained Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Lucien Smith.

Whatever happens statewide binds all of the Republican delegates if a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. Donald Trump surpassed that. So, it is “essentially” a winner take all delegates situation.

“The rules of the national party prohibits a true winner take all because we do want to guarantee that each congressional district selects its own delegates to make sure that representation is spread around geographically," said Smith Tuesday morning. "Assuming he gets more than 50 percent, all of Mississippi’s delegates will be pledged to and bound for Donald Trump at the convention in Charlotte”

The Democratic side is more complicated. But we’ll hit the high points.

“We have 36 delegates out there that get elected based on the votes a candidate gets,” noted Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Moak.

And they’re divvied up proportionally among the four congressional districts. It’s not based on population but rather the number of Democratic voters in the last two primaries.

“So we look at the numbers that Jim Hood got and we look at the numbers that the last presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got and we average those in," said Moak. "And then you look at each congressional district and see how many they got. And so your delegates are split up among those congressional districts.”

A Democratic candidate needs 15 percent to win delegates in congressional district. So, they could lose the state but still win some delegates. Another five Mississippians are considered super-delegates and can vote however they want at the national convention

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