Palm Beach County sends 5 Clinton, 5 Sanders delegates to convention


Hillary Clinton carried Palm Beach County with 71.5 percent of the vote in Florida’s March 15 primary, but the county will end up sending an equal number of district-level delegates for Clinton and Bernie Sanders to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

Because of the way congressional districts cross county lines, Palm Beach County will send five delegates for Clinton and five for Sanders.

Florida awarded 141 delegates to Clinton and 73 to Sanders after Clinton won the primary with 64.4 percent statewide. Those delegates include 93 pledged to Clinton and 47 pledged to Sanders from Florida’s 27 congressional districts.

The number of delegates pledged to each candidate for each congressional district was determined by the Florida Democratic Party based on the results of the March primary. On Saturday, Democratic voters chose among party members running either as Clinton delegates or as Sanders delegates.

The winning congressional district-level Clinton and Sanders delegates were announced by the state party this week:

• From Rep. Patrick Murphy’s congressional District 18, which includes northern Palm Beach County and all of Martin and St. Lucie counties: four Clinton delegates, including Rachelle Litt and Robert Valdez of Palm Beach County; two Sanders delegates, including Christian Palacios of Palm Beach County.

• From Rep. Alcee Hastings’ congressional District 20, which includes parts of Palm Beach, Hendry and Broward counties: six Clinton delegates, all from Broward County; one Sanders delegate, Crystal Roberts of Palm Beach County.

• From Rep. Ted Deutch’s congressional District 21, which includes parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties: five Clinton delegates, including Palm Beach County Democratic Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo; two Sanders delegates, Diana Hatsis and Rick Neuhoff of Palm Beach County.

• From Rep. Lois Frankel’s congressional District 22, which includes parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties: four Clinton delegates, including Bongsoon Zubay and Mike Coleman of Palm Beach County; two Sanders delegates, including Hillary Keyes of Palm Beach County.

The Democratic National Convention is July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.


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