Clinton Expected to Leave New Hampshire With Same Number of Delegates as Sanders

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Hillary Clinton is expected to leave New Hampshire with just as many delegates as Bernie Sanders, even after he crushed her in Tuesday’s presidential primary.

Sanders won 15 delegates with his 20-point victory Tuesday while Clinton won nine.

But Clinton came into the contest with the support of six superdelegates, who are state party insiders given the freedom to support any candidate they choose.

Superdelegate support is fluid, though, so some of those delegates now backing Clinton could switch to Sanders before the Democratic National Convention in late July.

But as it stands, the superdelegate support gives Clinton a total of 15 New Hampshire delegates.

Mark Paustenbach, the Democratic National Committee’s national press secretary, on Wednesday emphasized that Sanders’ win secured him the majority of the state’s pledged delegates and that the superdelegate totals are unrelated to that victory.

“Let’s be clear, the only delegates at stake on Tuesday in New Hampshire’s First in the Nation primaries were 24 pledged delegates,” he said in a statement.

Those results also include eight delegates who will be selected at the state’s caucus in April. While the alignment of those eight delegates is not final and could change, news organizations extrapolated the final breakdown in line with Tuesday’s results.

The Clinton campaign has mounted an aggressive effort to secure about 360 superdelegates across the country, according to The Associated Press. Sanders has a total of eight superdelegates.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Ben Kamisar