Why Delaware’s delegates were assigned before the contest ever happened

Delaware canceled its primary contests earlier this month when it became clear there was no serious competition in either the Republican or Democratic races for president.

Voters won’t be casting ballots for either President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump on Tuesday. But the state still has a handful of delegates to send to the respective party’s conventions this year to put a seal of approval on each candidate representing their parties in November.

Here are some key things to know about one contest that won’t happen on April 2.

How did Delaware cancel the primary?

The First State canceled its Republican primary contest after former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s departure from the race left dozens of states with only Trump as an option for their primary election. Without a viable alternative, Delaware called off the contest
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