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Nevada GOP, Democrats elect national convention delegates today

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The final state-level action in the presidential political season takes place in Las Vegas and Reno today.

The Democrat and Republican parties will be electing delegates to their national conventions. Democrats are meeting starting at 9 a.m. at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas while Republicans are gathering at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center at the same time.

REPUBLICANS

Nevada will send a total of 30 delegates to the Republican National Convention. There will be three national delegates and alternates elected for each congressional district and an additional 15 at-large national delegates and alternates elected. The Nevada State Chairman, Republican National Committeeman and Republican National Committeewoman are automatic delegates. These three automatic delegates are also bound by the results of the presidential preference poll. In order to be elected as a delegate or alternate to the Republican National Convention, a nominee must be self-nominated and a delegate to the Nevada State Convention. Delegates must have previously attended and been elected as delegates at the precinct meetings during the Nevada Republican Caucus, as well as their county convention, in order to qualify as a state delegate.

Delegates will be bound for the first-round of votes at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. based on the results of the presidential preference poll from the Nevada Republican Caucus on February 23, 2016. The delegate allocation following the presidential preference poll during the Nevada Republican Caucus is as follows: Trump, 14; Rubio, 7; Cruz, 6; Carson, 2; and Kasich, 1.

If a candidate suspends or ends their campaign prior to the Nevada State Convention they may choose to affirm the binding of their delegates at the Republican National Convention, release their delegates to become unbound, or have their delegates proportionally reallocated based on the results of the presidential preference poll on Feb. 23.

Dr. Ben Carson chose to release the binding obligation of his two delegates. All other candidates who received delegates following the presidential preference poll opted to affirm the binding of their delegates.

DEMOCRATS

The state convention is the final step in the delegate selection process for Nevada Democrats. Attendees will elect Delegates to the Democratic National Convention, approve the party platform and hold internal elections for the State Party.

Nevada will send a total of 43 delegates and 3 alternates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. Delegates at the state convention will elect 35 pledged delegates and 3 alternates.

The 23 district-level delegates and 2 alternates are allocated based on the percentage of the precinct caucus vote: 13 for Clinton, 10 for Sanders.

The allocation of the 7 at-large delegates and 1 at-large alternate and 5 pledged party Leaders and elected official (PLEO) delegates will be determined based on the state convention results.

There are also 8 unpledged PLEO delegates, Democratic elected officials and party leaders who decide independently which presidential candidate they will support.

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