It’s almost a week after the primary in New Jersey, and the Democratic State Committee knows how many delegates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will get.
But it’s not clear exactly who those delegates will be, except for the 20 “superdelegates” who automatically get to go to the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
There were four delegates on the ballot for each presidential candidate in each delegate district – or in some cases three delegates and one alternate. Neither Clinton nor Obama won enough votes in any of those districts to get all four of his or her delegates elected. And in selecting which delegate gets to go to Denver, the campaigns will have to choose based partly on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and age.
The Democratic State Committee has established representation goals for the delegates who will attend the convention in August. Half will be women.
Fifteen percent are to be Hispanic, 14 percent African-American, seven percent Asian-Asian America, two percent Arab-American and one percent Native America.
Eight percent have to represent youth between the ages of 18 and 35, eight percent will be LGBT and another two percent are disabled.
It’s up to the Clinton and Obama camps to meet the criteria, then submit the names to the Democratic State Committee by March 21st.