The Green Papers
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Louisiana Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 9 March 20041
State Convention: Saturday 5 June 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F.112,639   69.7%50.   69.4%71.   98.6%
Edwards, John26,074   16.1%10.   13.9% 
Dean, Howard7,948    4.9%  
Clark, Wesley K.7,091    4.4%  
McGaughey, "Bill"3,161    2.0%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.2,411    1.5%  
LaRouche, Lyndon H., Jr.2,329    1.4%  
Uncommitted 12.   16.7% 
(not voting)  1.    1.4%
Total161,653  100.0%72.  100.0%72.  100.0%

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Louisiana Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


26 May 2004 Unpledged delegate preference update: Kerry: 5. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.

The Popular Vote above is based on official returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State for the 9 March Primary.

Statewide results from an official source:
CD results from an official source:
Results from a media source:

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 9 March 2004: 60 of 72 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Louisiana 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.

  • 39 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 7 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 4
    • CD 2: 8
    • CD 3: 6
    • CD 4: 5
    • CD 5: 5
    • CD 6: 6
    • CD 7: 5
  • In addition, 21 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 13 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 8 Pledged PLEOs

District level delegates are elected at post-primary caucuses and 3 April 2004.


Saturday 5 June 2004 - State Convention

The remaining 12 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 11 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members
    • 5 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 3 Representatives)
    • 1 Governor
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected by the Democratic State Central Committee in the Chambers of the House of Representatives in Baton Rouge).

These 12 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Louisiana Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District63339
Pledged PLEO268
Pledged At-Large21113
Total Pledged105060
Alternate Pledged District077
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large000
Total Alternates077
Unpledged  12
Pages  2
Pledged District 1KerryCarolyn BrownHammond, LA
Pledged District 1KerryHon. Elsie BurkhalterSlidell, LA
Pledged District 1KerryJesse PhillipsSlidell, LA
Pledged District 1EdwardsDouglas SchmidtNew Orleans, LA
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Dale AtkinsNew Orleans, LA
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Diana BajoieNew Orleans, LA
Pledged District 2KerryMarlin GusmanNew Orleans, LA
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Jalila Jefferson-BullockNew Orleans, LA
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Eddie JordanNew Orleans, LA
Pledged District 2KerryPhyllis LandrieuNew Orleans, LA
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Arthur MorrellNew Orleans, LA
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Cedric RichmondNew Orleans, LA
Pledged District 3KerryMatthew BlockThibodaux, LA
Pledged District 3KerryKirk CheramieGolden Meadow, LA
Pledged District 3KerryMadalyne Brown HingleBuras, LA
Pledged District 3KerryHon. Gary SmithNorco, LA
Pledged District 3EdwardsJudy SongyLaPlace, LA
Pledged District 3KerryJane TricheNapoleonville, LA
Pledged District 4KerryAlton BaileyLeesville, LA
Pledged District 4KerryMary BonierChestnut, LA
Pledged District 4EdwardsJulie Marie GoinsLeesville, LA
Pledged District 4KerryFrancis GowenShreveport, LA
Pledged District 4KerryBarbara NortonShreveport, LA
Pledged District 5KerryBillye BurnsWest Moore, LA
Pledged District 5KerryHon. Don HinesBunkie, LA
Pledged District 5EdwardsHon. Myron LawsonAlexandria, LA
Pledged District 5KerryRichard Earl LeePineville, LA
Pledged District 5KerryMary WardsworthAlexandria, LA
Pledged District 6EdwardsJonathan AugustineBaton Rouge, LA
Pledged District 6KerryFran BussieBaton Rouge, LA
Pledged District 6KerryCharlotte CantwellBaton Rouge, LA
Pledged District 6KerryJulie CherryBaton Rouge, LA
Pledged District 6KerryTy RobertsWilson, LA
Pledged District 6KerryErnest StephensBaton Rouge, LA
Pledged District 7KerryMarilyn CoxLake Charles, LA
Pledged District 7KerryEva Kathryn FiloLake Charles, LA
Pledged District 7KerryTerrell FowlerLake Charles, LA
Pledged District 7EdwardsJudy Benfield SchrumpfSulphur, LA
Pledged District 7KerryTerry TaylorSulphur, LA
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Karen CarterNew Orleans, LA
Pledged PLEOKerryIrma Muse DixonNew Orleans, LA
Pledged PLEOKerryCharles FotiBaton Rouge, LA
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Bob OdomZauhary, LA
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Derrick ShepherdMarrero, LA
Pledged PLEOEdwardsAlexia ThompsonLafayette, LA
Pledged PLEOEdwardsChristopher WhittingtonBaton Rouge, LA
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Robert WooleyBaton Rouge, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryHelen Gentry BrownShreve Port, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryJane ChristopherPearl River, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryNat La CourNew Orleans, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryHon. James CoxLake Charles, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryLois FallonSlidell, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryConnie GoodlyNew Orleans, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryBen JeffersBaton Rouge, LA
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsRebecca LandryNew Orleans, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryBobby MajorNew Orleans, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryCynthia MorrellNew Orleans, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryNorma Jane SabistonNew Orleans, LA
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsHon. Eddie SapirNew Orleans, LA
Pledged At-LargeKerryNita SteeleShreveport, LA
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryFrancis BeckBaton Rouge, LA
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryAnna CunninghamMorgan City, LA
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryBarbara MansfieldBastrop, LA
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryBrad OrmanFranklinton, LA
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryHon. Wilfred PierreLafayette, LA
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryAngele WilsonNew Orleans, LA
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryMatthew WrightBenton, LA
Unpledged Add-on Hon. Melvin HoldenBaton Rouge, LA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Rodney AlexanderWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. William JeffersonWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Christopher JohnCrowley, LA
Unpledged DNC Member Patsy ArceneauxBaton Rouge, LA
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. John BreauxWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Jerry McKernanBaton Rouge, LA
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Renee Gill PrattNew Orleans, LA
Unpledged DNC Member Mike SkinnerBaton Rouge, LA
Unpledged DNC Member Mary Lou WintersMetarie, LA
Unpledged Governor
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Kathleen BlancoBaton Rouge, LA
Unpledged Senator Hon. Mary LandrieuWashington, DC
Page Michelle BristerDride, LA
Page Edward WishamBaton Rouge, LA

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


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