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Florida Democratic Party projecting 101 delegates for Hillary Clinton, 51 for Bernie Sanders so far

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With Hillary Clinton‘s near 2 to 1 victory over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in Florida’s presidential primary, she appears to have locked up two Florida delegates for each one going to Sanders, with more to be awarded.

With 16 of the 27 congressional districts in Florida decided, the Florida Democratic Party unofficially projected late Tuesday night that Clinton had won 101 delegates and Sanders 51. Florida awards 214 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, so 62 remain up for grabs in the final 11 congressional districts.

According to FDP spokesman Max Steele, Clinton could expect 53 delegates so far from the congressional district appointments, 18 from among party leaders and elected officials, and 30 at-large delegates. Sanders, of Vermont, could expect 25 so far from the congressional appointments, ten from among party leaders and elected officials and 16 at-large delegates.

The party was still waiting to sort returns in congressional districts 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22. And it may be a while before those are determined.

It’s not so much a matter of counting the votes as figuring out which districts contain the votes.

The state of Florida is using the old, Congressional maps, the ones thrown out by a judge in December as unconstitutional, for the presidential preference primary. And the Florida Secretary of State’s office is reporting results Tuesday night by county. It means, Steele explained, Democratic Party officials may not have official congressional level results until the end of the week.

He said the party would work to provide unofficial results as soon as possible.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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