US presidential poll 2016: How many delegates do the candidates have so far?

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Colombia (South Carolina), Feb 18: The race for the 2016 presidential election nomination is getting more close and tougher. On Saturday, the Republicans will see their primary in the state of South Carolina, while the Democratic Party's caucus will be held in Nevada.

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In terms of delegates, Donald Trump is leading the race in the Republican camp now with 17 and he is followed by Ted Cruz (11), Marco Rubio (10), John Kasich (5), Jeb Bush (4) and Ben Carson (3). A Republican candidate needs 1,237 delegates from among the available 2,74 to be nominated as the presidential candidate. 

 

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In the Democratic camp, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has 394 delegates against Bernie Sanders's 44. To be confirmed as a Democratic presidential candidate, either of them would have to secure 2,382 delegates from among 4,763.

While Cruze beat Trump by three per cent votes in the Iowa caucus held on February 2, the latter came back strongly to get a thumping win in the New Hampshire primary where he secured over 34 per cent votes.

For the Democrats, while both Hillary and Sanders got 50 per cent votes (difference by a whisker) in Iowa, the latter got a thumping victory over the former in New Hampshire (60 per cent to 38 per cent).

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