Sanders, Clinton split York-area delegates
- Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton each won six delegates in the 4th Congressional District
- Clinton, however, won 71 delegates statewide compared to the 56 Sanders won
Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton split the six York-area delegates who were up for grabs in the April primary, state party officials announced Wednesday.
Backing Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month are state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who lives in West Manchester Township, York City Mayor Kim Bracey and state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin County.
Clinton also picked up alternate delegate Salome Johnson of Hallam.
The six-member delegation will represent the 4th Congressional District, which includes York County, at the convention.
How they are selected: Pennsylvania had 127 elected delegates at stake in the April 26 primary. Clinton, the former secretary of state, walked away with a majority of 71 delegates compared to Sanders' 56 delegates.
The party's method of selecting its elected delegates is based on the popular vote in congressional districts. Its gender rule and vote tallies for delegates are also factored in, meaning an equal number of men and women had to represent the 4th Congressional District.
In York County, the popular vote was nearly split down the middle, with Clinton gaining nearly 51 percent of the vote, barely enough to beat the 48 percent of the vote Sanders received.
Clinton also has the benefit of holding 35 much-debated superdelegates from Pennsylvania, compared to the 27 who had committed to Sanders. Superdelegates aren't elected but are party and elected officials.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is one of the superdelegates and had pledged his support to Clinton in the summer of 2015.
Clinton continues to hold the nationwide delegate lead. As of Wednesday, she had 2,313 delegates to the 1,545 that Sanders holds.
The benchmark to secure the Democratic nomination is 2,383 delegates.