The Green Papers
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Arkansas Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 18 May 20041
Special State Convention: Saturday 19 June 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F.177,754   66.6%27.   57.4%47.  100.0%
Uncommitted61,800   23.2%20.   42.6% 
Kucinich, Dennis J.13,766    5.2%  
LaRouche, Lyndon H., Jr.13,528    5.1%  
Total266,848  100.0%47.  100.0%47.  100.0%

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Arkansas Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


26 May 2004 Unpledged delegate preference update: Kerry: 3. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.

The Popular Vote above is based on official returns from the Arkansas Secretary of State for the 18 May Primary. The certified vote notes 267 overvotes and 19,419 undervotes. This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.

Certified returns from an official source:

Delegate count update: The delegate count provided by is used as the "soft count" while the results of the 18 May primary are used for the "hard count". Note the the number of delegates per CD (1, 2, 3, 4) differs between the plan (6, 6, 5, 6) and "as elected" (7, 5, 4, 7). Also note that 4 "uncommitted" delegate postions switched to "Kerry".

Here's how we compute the delegate count):

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard votes cast for those candidates who do not meet the threshold.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the state-wide qualified vote.
  3. In each jurisdiction (CD and statewide):
    1. Total qualified vote = total votes cast for the qualifying candidates in the jurisdiction.
    2. Allocation = (delegates for the jurisdiction) (candidate's popular vote) (total qualified vote).
    3. Assign each candidate the WHOLE NUMBER of delegates.
    4. If delegates remain, allocate each of the remaining delegates to those candidates with the LARGEST REMAINDERS.



Tuesday 18 May 2004: 36 of 47 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Arkansas Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.

  • 23 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 4 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 6
    • CD 2: 6
    • CD 3: 5
    • CD 4: 6
  • In addition, 13 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 8 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 5 Pledged PLEOs

Saturday 19 June 2004 - Special State Convention

The remaining 11 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 10 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members
    • 5 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 3 Representatives)
    • 0 Governors
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leader
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected during the State Convention by a vote of the delegates).

These 11 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Arkansas Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District20323
Pledged PLEO415
Pledged At-Large718
Total Pledged31536
Alternate Pledged District404
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large202
Total Alternates606
Unpledged  11
Pages  2
Pledged District 1KerryMary FreemanPortia, AR
Pledged District 1KerryAdella GrayFayetteville, AR
Pledged District 1KerryHon. Steve JonesWest Memphis, AR
Pledged District 1KerryMichael LangleyParagould, AR
Pledged District 1KerryCarolyn MiddlebrookBlytheville, AR
Pledged District 1KerryJason WillettJonesboro, AR
Pledged District 1KerryKaren Cox WootenOsceola, AR
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Joyce ElliottLittle Rock, AR
Pledged District 2KerryAlan HughesMaumelle, AR
Pledged District 2KerrySean JohnsonLittle Rock, AR
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Sam LedbetterLittle Rock, AR
Pledged District 2KerryGayle OwensJacksonville, AR
Pledged District 3KerryMary Jane AkelHarrison, AR
Pledged District 3KerryJoe BennettHarrison, AR
Pledged District 3UncommittedDwayne BensingWest Fork, AR
Pledged District 3KerryHadley GloverRogers, AR
Pledged District 4KerryAnnie AbramsLittle Rock, AR
Pledged District 4KerryRobin CarrollEl Dorado, AR
Pledged District 4UncommittedAnna FarrisArkadelphia, AR
Pledged District 4KerryLula GrayPine Bluff, AR
Pledged District 4KerryBarbara ThextonHot Springs, AR
Pledged District 4UncommittedHon. Hank WilkinsPine Bluff, AR
Pledged District 4KerryHon. Jewell WillisMalvern, AR
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Mike BeebeLittle Rock, AR
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Charlie DanielsBryant, AR
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Jimmie Lou FisherLittle Rock, AR
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Mark WilcoxLittle Rock, AR
Pledged PLEOUncommittedHon. Gus WingfieldLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeKerryDianne CurryLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeKerryAmber ElbertLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeKerryTerri HollingsworthLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeKerryCharles KingLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeKerryJennifer MartinezLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeKerryPeggy McClainSpringdale, AR
Pledged At-LargeKerryMarion RawnLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeUncommittedRon SheffieldLittle Rock, AR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryKaren GarciaHot Springs, AR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryJohn GarnerEureka Springs, AR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryThomas KeatingBlytheville, AR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryCydney PearceMaumelle, AR
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryAlejandro AvilesWest Fork, AR
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryBetty McGuireMalvern, AR
Unpledged Add-on Barbara RollinsDes Arc, AR
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Marion BerryJonesboro, AR
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Mike RossWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Vic SnyderWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Don BeaversNorth Little Rock, AR
Unpledged DNC Member Karla BradleyFayetteville, AR
Unpledged DNC Member Martha DixonArkadelphia, AR
Unpledged DNC Member
Delegation Chair
 Ron OliverNorth Little Rock, AR
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Lottie ShackelfordLittle Rock, AR
Unpledged Senator Hon. Blanche LincolnWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Mark PryorWashington, DC
Page Michael RowettLittle Rock, AR
Page LaShannon SpencerLittle Rock, AR

Congressional Districts  

Congressional Districts re: Counties

County District
Arkansas CD 1
Ashley CD 4
Baxter CD 1
Benton CD 3
Boone CD 3
Bradley CD 4
Calhoun CD 4
Carroll CD 3
Chicot CD 4
Clark CD 4
Clay CD 1
Cleburne CD 1
Cleveland CD 4
Columbia CD 4
Conway CD 2
Craighead CD 1
Crawford CD 3
Crittenden CD 1
Cross CD 1
Dallas CD 4
Desha CD 4
Drew CD 4
Faulkner CD 2
Franklin CD 3
Fulton CD 1
Garland CD 4
Grant CD 4
Greene CD 1
Hempstead CD 4
Hot Spring CD 4
Howard CD 4
Independence CD 1
Izard CD 1
Jackson CD 1
Jefferson CD 4
Johnson CD 3
Lafayette CD 4
Lawrence CD 1
Lee CD 1
Lincoln CD 4
Little River CD 4
Logan CD 4
Lonoke CD 1
Madison CD 3
Marion CD 3
Miller CD 4
Mississippi CD 1
Monroe CD 1
Montgomery CD 4
Nevada CD 4
Newton CD 3
Ouachita CD 4
Perry CD 2
Phillips CD 1
Pike CD 4
Poinsett CD 1
Polk CD 4
Pope CD 3
Prairie CD 1
Pulaski CD 2
Randolph CD 1
St. Francis CD 1
Saline CD 2
Scott CD 4
Searcy CD 1
Sebastian CD 3
Sevier CD 4
Sharp CD 1
Stone CD 1
Union CD 4
Van Buren CD 2
Washington CD 3
White CD 2
Woodruff CD 1
Yell CD 2

1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.


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