Who are "delegates" and why do they matter?

GASTON, SC (WIS) - WIS News 10 received an e-mail from Freda in Gaston asking, "Would you please provide an elementary explanation of 'delegates?' Who they are, and how their votes can be the deciding factor in a presidential race?"

Delegates are the people who will go to the national conventions this summer to nominate a candidate for each party.

South Carolina has 24 delegates to the Republican convention and 54 delegates to the Democratic convention.

The Democratic and Republican parties use different methods to award delegates in South Carolina. Democrats use the percentage of the vote a candidate gets to award delegates both statewide, and by congressional district. For the Republicans, it's winner-take-all, both statewide and by congressional district.

Posted by Chantelle Janelle