GOP insiders and donors expect the nomination fight to be the biggest one of the cycle, with the contest set to include two presidential candidates who will be running in the same party as the incumbent, President Donald Trump.
The most important delegate fight is on the GOP side, where both candidates will face off on Feb. 20 in Wisconsin, where Republican Governor Scott Walker has been fighting back against his own primary challenger, former state Sen. Glenn Grothman.
The other big contest is on March 3 in Ohio, where Ohio Gov.
John Kasich is defending his reelection bid against former Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
The winner of that race, Kasich, will become the GOP nominee for president.
Trump is also expected to win delegates from the states where he is likely to lose, although it’s unclear whether he will have enough to overcome DeWines challenge.
In states where the candidates do not face off, there is little doubt about who will get to represent the Republican Party’s national slate, as a combination of state parties will be required to nominate their nominees.
There are two candidates who are certain to make it into the final slate of delegates: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Cruz has been winning delegates in Wisconsin and is ahead in delegates in the remaining states.
In addition, Cruz has already won a number of delegates in Ohio and Ohio Govs.
John Ralston and John Kasich.
Rubio, who won Wisconsin’s March 3 primary, has the support of both state parties.
Rubio has won several other states and is expected to have enough delegates to make the final ballot.
Cruz has a lead in delegates to take home 1,472 and Rubio has a 2,383-delegate lead.
DeWining is in second place with 1,247 delegates, while Rubio has 1,113 delegates and Cruz has 973 delegates.
Cruz is expected in the lead at the convention with 1.8 million delegates.
Rubio and Cruz are both likely to have a strong showing, but the delegates are not certain until after the primaries.
In Ohio, Cruz is leading in delegates with more than 1.4 million.
Rubio is in fourth place with 615 delegates.
DePine has about 300 delegates and Walker has fewer than 300 delegates.
Cruz is expected at the top of the ticket, with Rubio leading the field at about 1.2 million delegates, with Cruz in third place with more.
The rest of the field has about 600 delegates each.
A delegate is a voter who can vote in either presidential primary, caucuses or a convention.
Delegates are bound to vote for the candidate with the most votes.
A state is an independent territory that is represented by a state party.
Delegate results are provisional until a state is certified to the ballot.
States that have declared a primary are listed here.
In all of the states that have announced their primary calendar, the winner of each state’s primary will be the party’s nominee for the nomination.
Delegates are awarded proportionally based on the number of votes received.
For example, if there were 2,000 delegates in a state, the candidate who received the most total votes would be declared the winner.
The delegates are awarded in proportion to the number and total votes received for each candidate.
A candidate who receives more votes will get more delegates, and a candidate who gets fewer votes will be awarded fewer delegates.
If the winner receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in a statewide election, he or she wins the state’s nomination.
The candidate with fewer votes than the winner will be eliminated from the race.
Delegate counts are rounded to the nearest multiple of the number.
For instance, if the state awards 12 delegates for a candidate receiving less than 10 percent of all the votes cast, the state will award the candidate a total of 12 delegates.
The candidate who has the most number of total delegates in each of the state parties gets the nomination for president, while the winner who has more delegates than the number required to clinch the nomination wins the nomination on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.