Washington State Democratic Caucuses – Can Bernie Sanders Surprise?
There are 118 Democratic delegates at stake in Washington, with 101 to be awarded proportionally based on the results of Saturday’s caucuses, with 67 allocated based on caucus results in each of the state’s 10 congressional districts, and the other 34 will be proportionally allocated based on congressional district results.
Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton could capture a share of Washington’s delegates.
Hillary Clinton has appeared at several campaign events in Western Washington ahead of the democratic caucuses on Saturday, doing nothing to suppress her front runner status.
Meanwhile, without a big win in Washington Saturday, there’s no path forward for Sanders. And that cold political reality has turned this state into an unlikely battleground between the Vermont senator and Clinton.
However, with the way Democrats select and assign delegates this race is all but over for Sanders. According to one analysis, Seattle ranks No. 1 among the 50 biggest U.S. cities for per-capita contributions to his campaign. It wont matter.
Of the 101 delegates up for grabs, 67 will be apportioned according to March 26 caucus results in each of the state’s 10 congressional districts. The other 34 will be proportionally allocated based on the totality of the congressional district results.
Caucuses are neighborhood-level meetings organized by political parties to choose their preferred candidates and discuss other party business. They’re an alternative to primary elections and draw less participation, because voters generally must show up and cast ballots in person.
The remaining 17 are technically unpledged party and elected leaders, though a majority of them, including Gov. Jay Inslee and the state’s Congressional delegation, have already said they support frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Unlike Democrats, who are allocating all of their delegates from the caucuses, Republicans are using the statewide presidential primary on May 24 to allocate all of theirs/
Republicans will divide up 44 delegates to the Republican National Convention based on results of the state’s May 24 presidential primary. Sanders and Clinton also will appear on primary ballots, but that vote will have no effect on delegates for the Democratic candidates.