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Political analyst explains delegates, nomination process

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Speeches are being given and town halls are being held as Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Willie Wilson stomp in South Carolina days before the Democratic Presidential Primary.

"Those primaries are important," Dr. Danielle Vinson said.

Vinson is a political science professor at Furman University and for years she's analyzed political races and the presidential nomination process.

"What we do right now can affect that choice we've got then," Vinson.

Some voters may be confused by some of the political picks and how it all works. So, Vinson explains what a delegate is.

"What you're actually voting for is a delegate who has pledged their support to that candidate," Vinson said.

And that delegate is a person sent to a convention to represent voters.

"That person will go to the national nominating convention and they will then cast that vote there for the candidate you choose," Vinson said.

Right now the South Carolina Democratic Party has 59 delegates, 13 of them of superdelegates who are elected officials or notable party members.

"The national Democratic party actually requires all states to divide their delegates proportionately based on how the candidates did in the state," she said.

Which means if a candidate gets at least 15 percent of the vote then the candidate can win some delegates.

"And then the candidates that's going to be nominated has to win the majority of those delegates," she said.

And right now Clinton has a double-digit lead over Sanders.

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