Sanders won 60 percent of the vote, but thanks to the Democratic Party’s nominating system, he leaves the Granite State with at least 13 delegates while she leaves with at least 15 delegates.
New Hampshire has 24 “pledged” delegates, which are allotted based on the popular vote. Sanders has 13, and Clinton has 9, with 2 currently allotted to neither. [Since the article, delegates committed leaving the candidates at 15 a piece].
But under Democratic National Committee rules, New Hampshire also has 8 “superdelegates,” party officials who are free to commit to whomever they like, regardless of how their state votes. Their votes count the same as delegates won through the primary.
As it stands, Sanders, who has been the bane of Clinton’s seemingly foregone procurement of the presidential nomination, has an extremely difficult path ahead due in no small part to delegate allocation.Conversely, the GOP system is far clearer and geared toward a fair and open election of the best candidate. The state of New Hampshire’s GOP executive director noted:
The process is not open to discretion. Our delegates are bound to vote proportionally.The RNC has a far more clear and concise, democratic process for candidate selection while the DNC utilizes a system that functions to negate the will of the people in favor of the will of the establishment.