Essentially, to win the Republican nomination, a candidate must secure the support of 1,237 (half plus one) of the 2,472 expected delegates that will be present at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18-21, 2016.

The allocation of delegates for each state and territory has been determined in advance according to Rule 14 of the rules for the election and government of the Republican National Committee. The major points of the rules are as follows:

  • (i) Each state is allocated ten delegates at large

  • (ii) The chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman of every state and territory’s Republican Party is a delegate at large

  • (iii) The total number of U.S. House of Representatives seat in each state x 3 district delegates

  • (iv) States that voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 are awarded 4.5 delegates at large plus additional delegates amounting to 60% of the number of electoral votes of each respective state. For D.C., an additional 30% instead of 60%, if qualified (all rounded up higher)

  • (v) Fixed number of additional delegates at large for each territory and D.C. (6 x American Samoa, 16 x District of Columbia, 6 x Guam, 6 x Northern Mariana Islands,20 x Puerto Rico, and 6 x Virgin Islands)

  • (vi) One delegate at large each for states with a Republican governor and for states which has a majority in its respective state legislature and Senate.

  • (vii) One delegate at large for states with an elected Senator for the U.S. Senate state within six years prior to January 1, 2016

2016 Republican National Convention Delegate Distribution

District Delegates: 1,305
Delegates at large: 999

DistributionNumber of StatesNumber of Delegates
No Preference Poll5112

  • Note 1: Total includes all 168 members of the Republican National Council who all have automatic delegates-at-large status
  • Note 2: Delegates selection is determined by the rules of individual state and territory’s party committee.

Depending on each state or territory’s primary or caucus rule, these delegates will be awarded to candidates through either a proportional or winner-take-all method. However, in ten states, the delegates will be distributed using both proportional and winner-take-all method (hybrid). In addition, in five states, delegates will not be distributed based on primary election results (no preference poll), but rather, at state conventions which will be held at a later date.

During the convention, most of the delegates are bound by state law or party rules to cast their votes based on the results of their states’ primary or caucus results during the first round of voting. If the voting goes beyond the first round of balloting, delegates become free agents and will no longer be constrained by primary or caucus results.


  Republican Convention Homepage
  GOP Convention Schedule
  GOP Convention Speakers
  Cleveland Convention Venue
  Republican Party Platform
  2016 Delegate Distribution
  Current Delegate Count
  Convention Origin and History
  What is a Brokered Convention?
  What is a Contested Convention?
  Convention Protests
  Republican Party Merchandise

 2016 Republican Convention
  Resolutions Committee Convenes
July 11-12, 2016  |  Party Platform Drafted

  Rules Committee Convenes
July 14-15, 2016  |  Convention Rules Adopted

Monday, July 18, 2016  |  Make America Safe Again

Tuesday, July 19, 2016  |  Make America Work Again

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 |  Make America First Again

Thursday, July 21, 2016  |  Make America One Again

 Republican Convention Speeches
Scott Baio
Kimberlin Brown
Mark Burns
Dr. Ben Carson
Chris Christie
David A. Clarke Jr.
Ted Cruz
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
Newt Gingrich
Rudy Giuliani
Laura Ingraham
Marcus Luttrell
Mike Pence
Marco Rubio
Paul Ryan
Fran Tarkenton
Peter Thiel
Melania Trump
Eric Trump
Tiffany Trump
Donald Trump, Jr.
Ivanka Trump
Donald J. Trump
Scott Walker
74 RNC Speeches and Transcripts
© 2017
About Us
Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Contact Us
Back   Top    Follow the presidential candidates on Facebook Follow the presidential candidates on Twitter