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Delegate breakdown

Here's a primer on the delegates at stake today in Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Dems have 92 delegates, while Republicans have 40.

Twenty-four of the GOP delegates will be awarded according to the vote totals in each of Wisconsin's eight congressional districts. The winner of the district vote will get all three of the delegates for the September convention.

Thirteen are at-large delegates and will be awarded to whoever wins the popular vote in the state.

The remaining three are GOP National Committeewoman Mary Buestrin, National Committeeman Steve King and state Chair Reince Priebus. They are allowed to back whomever they choose, though all three have endorsed John McCain.

For the Democrats, 48 delegates are awarded based on votes in the congressional districts.

The eight districts have between five and eight delegates each based on Dem turnout in past elections, and the district delegates are divided up proportionally according to the vote in each district.

Sixteen are considered "super delegates" that are uncommitted. They include Gov. Jim Doyle, Dem Sens. Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, the five Dem members of the House and the eight DNC members living in Wisconsin.

Obama has the backing of four super delegates: Doyle, U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore and Dave Obey, and DNC member Stan Gruszynski. Clinton is backed by two: U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin and DNC member Tim Sullivan.

Another two uncommitted delegates, called add-ons, will be selected at the June state convention.

The Dem Party's administrative committee will also pick 10 party leaders and elected officials to serve as delegates with preference given to mayors of large cities, legislative leaders and lawmakers. They are divided up among the presidential candidates proportionally based on the statewide vote.

Sixteen at-large delegates will also be chosen by the administrative committee at the convention. They also will be divided up among presidential candidates proportionally on the statewide totals.

The party has diversity goals for the delegation of alternates that the administrative committee considers in selecting delegates

-- By JR Ross

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