Primary Breakdown

By: Kate Kassay Email
By: Kate Kassay Email

AUGUSTA, Ga-- All of these numbers can be hard to keep track of, so here is a break down of what it all means.

Since the South Carolina Republican primary, there have been six Republican and four Democratic primaries or caucuses.

On the Republican side, Mitt Romney leads with 66 delegate votes so far. John McCain has 38, Mike Huckabee's not far behind with 26. Fred Thompson has eight, Ron Paul six, and Rudy Giuliani has one.

On the Democrats' side, Barack Obama has a slim lead with 46 delegates. Hillary Clinton has 43, and John Edwards has picked up 21.

That could all change, though.

Saturday, January 26th is South Carolina's Democratic primary. Followed by Florida and Maine, and then comes Super Tuesday, February 5th. That's when most other states will cast their ballots, including Georgia.

It does not stop there, though. Elections will continue until the final primary in South Dakota, that is in June.

And, it can be hard to tell the difference between a primary and a caucus. That's because there is not much of a difference.

During a primary, voters cast their ballot for a particular candidate. A caucus, on the other hand, is more of a party affair.

Members gather, hear speeches, and engage in discussion before voting for a candidate. Most states use primaries. That may explain why all the talk of casino workers support versus teachers' support in Nevada was such a big deal.


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