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Texas Primary Delegate Estimate: Joe Biden 111; Bernie Sanders 102

The Texas Democratic Party released delegate counts Wednesday evening based on unofficial election results. Texas doles out 228 delegates in the state’s Democratic primary election.

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Delegates chant and cheer during the fourth and final night during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. Photo credit: REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune

Joe Biden is taking home the most Texas delegates earned through the state’s Democratic primary election, but he will fall just short of a majority, according to an analysis of the unofficial vote count from the Texas Democratic Party.

The former vice president was expected to be awarded 111 delegates, the party said Wednesday. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who garnered the second-most votes in the state, was expected to win 102 delegates. Trailing far behind, candidates Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren would receive 10 and 5 delegates, respectively.

Texas awards a hefty 228 delegates to presidential candidates based on the results of the state’s Democratic primary election. Of those, 149 are awarded based on the results of each of the 31 state Senate districts. The other 79 are doled out based on the results of the statewide vote count. Candidates must get at least 15% of the votes in a Senate district to get district delegates and 15% of the total statewide vote to be eligible for the state delegates.

In the 14 states that held primary elections on Super Tuesday, Texas’ delegate count is second only behind California, which pledges 415 delegates in the primary election.

The party said Biden — who won 34% of Texas primary votes — was expected to get 69 delegates from the district pool and 42 from the statewide trove of delegates. Sanders, with 30% of the total vote, would likely earn 65 delegates through Senate districts and bring in 37 statewide delegates. No other candidate hit the 15% count in Texas’ statewide tally — Bloomberg came in at 14.5% of the state vote. His delegates and Warren’s were awarded from the district pool.

Nationwide, a Democratic presidential candidate needs at least 1,991 pledged delegates to win the party nomination for president on the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention in July. If there is no clear winner from the pledged delegates, 771 unpledged delegates, formerly known as superdelegates, can then cast ballots for any candidate until one candidate receives more than 2,375 total delegate votes. Texas has 33 unpledged delegates — made up of 13 Democratic members of Congress and 20 Democratic National Committee members.

The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Jolie McCullough reports on criminal justice issues and policy for The Texas Tribune. She came to the Tribune in early 2015 from the Albuquerque Journal, where she worked for four years on breaking news and data-driven projects. She is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; while there, she interned as a reporter and online producer at the Arizona Republic and served as the web editor of the student-run newspaper, the State Press.

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