The first-in-the-nation primary is underway in New Hampshire today. In case you need a refresh on what’s at stake, here’s Yoni explaining the nomination process:
But wait! There’s more. As touched on in the video, different states allocate their delegates differently. Philip N. Diehl goes further in his explanation for us last month:
The delegate-allocation rules are typically described as either winner-take-all or proportional. But they actually break down into five or six types and can be simplified into three categories: winner-take-all, winners-take-most, and proportional.
Winners-take-most states are those with proportional allocation and a 15 percent or 20 percent threshold to qualify for delegates. Strictly proportional states have proportional allocations with either no thresholds or low ones—typically, 5 percent or 10 percent. If only two viable candidates face each other in a winners-take-most state, both would probably qualify for delegates, which would be allocated proportionately. But the picture is more complex with five, six, or seven viable candidates in the mix.
So what about New Hampshire? The Wall Street Journal’s Aaron Zitner unpacks how the Granite State “presents a twist”: