How Kentucky Democrats will handle presidential delegate distribution

05/18/2016 12:35 PM

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both claimed victory after Kentucky’s presidential election after the campaigns essentially split Kentucky’s 55 pledged delegates.

The delegates are awarded by the Kentucky Democratic Party, and a spokesman for the party says the results will be split by congressional districts to determine exactly how many delegates will be awarded to Clinton and Sanders.

Clinton unofficially bested the Vermont senator last night, bringing in 212,550 votes across the commonwealth to Sander’s 210,626. It’s likely Clinton will gain one more delegate than Sanders, but as of yet that has not been determined.

Even though 24,101 Democrats cast ballots for “uncommitted” on Tuesday, there will be no delegates awarded. According to Daniel Lowry, spokesman for the Kentucky Democratic Party, candidates or in this case “uncommitted” would have had to reach 15 percent of the vote to be awarded a proportional share of the vote.

There are also five uncommitted superdelegates who will be casting their ballots at the Democratic National Convention. Currently two of those delegates are supporting Clinton, but they are not required to vote for the former U.S. secretary of state.

The five delegates include Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Sannie Overly and the vice chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, who as of now has not been named.

There are also two elected Democratic National Committee members: Charlotte Lundergan, the mother of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes; and Charlie Moore.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, the state’s lone Democratic elected official also serves as a superdelegate.

Only Yarmuth and Lundergan have announced their support of Clinton so far.
Before Tuesday’s results Clinton led Sanders by 767 pledged delegates.

The Democratic Party has not yet named the members of the delegation. They will hold their state convention June 4 in Louisville, where delegates will be selected for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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