Trump secures the last delegate from New Hampshire

Former President Donald Trump has secured the final delegate from New Hampshire, solidifying his delegate advantage over former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Granite State. With this win, Trump now holds a 13-9 lead in delegates.

The final delegate was allocated by The Associated Press based on the most recent vote results from the Jan. 23 primary, following the state’s unique rules for assigning Republican delegates.

The delegate allocation procedure in the Republican presidential primaries differs from state to state, unlike the Democratic primaries. In New Hampshire, for instance, candidates are awarded 22 Republican delegates based on the proportion of votes they receive in the statewide primary. If a candidate secures 50% of the primary vote, they will be granted 50% of the delegates, which in this case amounts to 11 delegates. However, it is important to note that candidates must earn at least 10% of the primary vote to be eligible for any delegates.

In the New Hampshire primary, only two candidates managed to secure more than 10% of the vote. Donald Trump emerged as the frontrunner with a little over 54% of the vote, while Haley garnered just over 43%. In most states, delegate allocation is calculated by multiplying these percentages, including the decimals, by the total number of delegates at stake. However, New Hampshire follows a different approach. Here, the first step is to round the vote percentages to the nearest whole number. Consequently, Trump’s rounded percentage becomes 54%, and Haley’s becomes 43%. These whole percentages are then multiplied by the total number of Republican delegates in New Hampshire, which amounts to 22.

The initial outcome is 12 delegates for Trump, which rounds to 12, and 9 delegates for Haley, which rounds to 9.

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In the state of New Hampshire, a total of 22 delegates are up for grabs. Out of these, 21 delegates are allocated based on the results of the primary election. The candidate who receives the highest number of votes, which happens to be Trump in this case, is awarded all the unallocated delegates. This is often referred to as a “winner’s bonus.”

In accordance with these guidelines, the allocation of delegates in New Hampshire results in 13 delegates for Trump and 9 delegates for Haley.

To secure the Republican presidential nomination, a candidate must obtain a majority of delegate votes, which amounts to 1,215, at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee this summer. Following the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, Trump currently holds the lead in the delegate count with 33, while Haley trails behind with 17.

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