Fensler, thanks for the compliment. I have no reason to call you names just because we disagree, that's childish.
'Tank' - the presidential primaries are a different animal than most other types of elections in the US. This is basically a party nominating process, not really an 'election' at this point, so yes, the candidates are getting delegates instead of just votes. In recent years the nominees have been decided well before the conventions (in the summer), and the other candidates drop out when the winner becomes clear. I think the last time either party actually did a real ballot at the convention was back in the 1950's. Pretty sure that both parties will have a clear cut nominee by the end of February if not sooner. It's just too expensive to campaign in the US, and if someone isn't winning and getting press, the donors will fade away and force the candidate to drop out.
In the general election in the fall, the candidates will try to win the states, which turns into electoral college votes, which creates the winner. I think there are two states that award their electoral college votes by congressional district, but all of the rest are winner take all (including the big prizes - California, Texas, New York, and Florida).