NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Accumulating delegates is all the rage as the Republican nomination race leaves behind Super Tuesday. Mitt Romney has grabbed 419 total delegates to take a decent lead, while Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul each have received 178 delegates, 107 delegates and 47 delegates, respectively.
With a few more than 1,500 delegates up for grabs from 28 states, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, the underdogs will be scrambling to pick up as many delegates as possible to prevent Romney from reaching the 1,144 needed to secure the nomination. "The reality is, if you have a proven ability to win states, anything can happen after April 1," said a Santorum campaign source. Five more primary contests will take place through March 13, and there's widespread confusion as to how, exactly, each state appoints its delegates. Here's a breakdown of what to expect in the near term. Rules are all according to thegreenpapers.com.
Hawaii, March 13
Hawaii has 20 delegates up for grabs as the state has a two-step caucus process. First, precincts tally the number of votes for each candidate and send the total to the congressional district. There are two congressional districts in Hawaii that each award three delegates. Each district tallies the total number of votes for each candidate and allocates its delegates proportionally based on the district total. There are six delegates awarded at this step. Second, the state tallies up all votes from the precinct caucuses and proportions out 11 delegates based on the percentage of votes each candidate received. Three Hawaii party leaders attend the national convention as unpledged delegates.