The Green Papers
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright North Carolina Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Meetings: Tuesday 9 March 2004
County Caucuses and Conventions: Saturday 17 April 20041
District Conventions: Saturday 22 May 2004
State Convention: Saturday 19 June 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Edwards, John8,983   51.6%57.   53.3% 
Kerry, John F.4,725   27.1%29.   27.1%102.   95.3%
Kucinich, Dennis J.2,031   11.7%4.    3.7%4.    3.7%
Dean, Howard1,022    5.9%  
Sharpton, Alfred C. "Al"563    3.2%  
Uncommitted96    0.6%17.   15.9% 
(not voting)  1.    0.9%
Total17,420  100.0%107.  100.0%107.  100.0%

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North Carolina Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


21 July 2004 update: Democrat G. K. Butterfield was elected in a Special Election to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Democratic Congressman Frank W. Ballance, Jr. on 11 June 2004. Congressman-elect Butterfield will attend the Democratic National Convention as an unpledged PLEO delegate. Since a Democrat is replacing a Democrat, the number of unpledged delegates from North Carolina remains the same.

Here's how we compute the delegate count (from results obtained from a party source on 13 May 2004):

  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.


The 4 May 2004 primary was cancelled on 9 February 2004 due to redistricting issues (Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965). The national convention delegates will now be selected by caucus/convention.

Caucus/Convention Reference:


Tuesday 9 March 2004 - Precinct Meetings. The precinct meetings elect delegates to the county conventions.

In the event of severely inclement weather or failure to assemble a quorum of 5, the Precinct meeting is rescheduled for 13 March 2004.


Saturday 17 April 2004 - Democratic Party County Caucuses and Conventions convene in each county. Each County Convention chooses the county's delegates to both Congressional District Conventions and the State Convention based on presidential preference. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be viable.


Saturday 22 May 2004 - Democratic Party District Conventions convene in each congressional district to choose the district's delegates to the Democratic National Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the district level.

  • 58 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the caucus and conventions results in each of the State's 13 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 5
    • CD 2: 4
    • CD 3: 4
    • CD 4: 6
    • CD 5: 4
    • CD 6: 4
    • CD 7: 5
    • CD 8: 4
    • CD 9: 4
    • CD 10: 4
    • CD 11: 4
    • CD 12: 5
    • CD 13: 5

Saturday 19 June 2004 - State Convention

32 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the caucus vote statewide.

  • 20 at-large National Convention delegates
  • 12 Pledged PLEOs

The remaining 17 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 15 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members
    • 7 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 6 Representatives)
    • 1 Governor
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 2 Unpledged "add-on"s (selected during the State Convention).

These 17 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

North Carolina Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District3618458
Pledged PLEO84012
Pledged At-Large137020
Total Pledged5729490
Alternate Pledged District9009
Alternate Pledged PLEO0000
Alternate Pledged At-Large2215
Total Alternates112114
Unpledged   17
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Pledged District 1KerryJames AndrewsRaleigh, NC
Pledged District 1EdwardsJessie FrazierRocky Mount, NC
Pledged District 1KerryAnn HugginsGreenville, NC
Pledged District 1EdwardsDavid MooreWashington, NC
Pledged District 1EdwardsGrace VickeryHenderson, NC
Pledged District 2KerryIsaac CollinsFayetteville, NC
Pledged District 2EdwardsCourtney CrowderRaleigh, NC
Pledged District 2EdwardsHon. Jenny EdwardsFranklinton, NC
Pledged District 2EdwardsLoretta WoodardPrinceton, NC
Pledged District 3KerryKeever ClarkJacksonville, NC
Pledged District 3EdwardsSean ConnerBeaufort, NC
Pledged District 3KerryChris HardeeManteo, NC
Pledged District 3EdwardsTina RodriguezMorehead, NC
Pledged District 4KerryThomas AdamsDurham, NC
Pledged District 4KerryLavonia AllisonDurham, NC
Pledged District 4EdwardsT. E. AustinDurham, NC
Pledged District 4KucinichBarry FreemanChapel Hill, NC
Pledged District 4EdwardsHon. Linda GunterCary, NC
Pledged District 4KucinichAimee SchmidtCary, NC
Pledged District 5EdwardsSusan CampbellWinston-Salem, NC
Pledged District 5KerryBradley GeorgeElkin, NC
Pledged District 5EdwardsRobert McNeillWinston-Salem, NC
Pledged District 5KucinichSusan ReedSugar Grove, NC
Pledged District 6KerryJoan DresslerWinston-Salem, NC
Pledged District 6EdwardsHon. Fred HobbsPinehurst, NC
Pledged District 6EdwardsRandall KaplanGreensboro, NC
Pledged District 6EdwardsJoanne SchlaginhauferGreensboro, NC
Pledged District 7EdwardsR. W. BibersteinBurgaw, NC
Pledged District 7EdwardsTheresa FormyduvalHallsboro, NC
Pledged District 7KerryHon. Larry TownsendPembroke, NC
Pledged District 7KerryAnn TurlingtonClinton, NC
Pledged District 7EdwardsJim YoungSunset Beach, NC
Pledged District 8EdwardsKenneth BakerMonroe, NC
Pledged District 8KerryHon. Anne KnightMarshville, NC
Pledged District 8EdwardsPreston WaddellRockingham, NC
Pledged District 8EdwardsWenonia WallRockingham, NC
Pledged District 9EdwardsHon. Martha AlexanderCharlotte, NC
Pledged District 9EdwardsJohn ArrowoodCharlotte, NC
Pledged District 9EdwardsGerman DeCastroCharlotte, NC
Pledged District 9KerryEoline PattonCharlotte, NC
Pledged District 10EdwardsJohn CilleyNewton, NC
Pledged District 10EdwardsJudy GilbertLincolnton, NC
Pledged District 10EdwardsJohn HuntLattimore, NC
Pledged District 10KerryJo Bailey SittonMorganton, NC
Pledged District 11KerryDouglas GibsonAsheville, NC
Pledged District 11EdwardsBruce PetersonAsheville, NC
Pledged District 11EdwardsCarol PetersonAsheville, NC
Pledged District 11KucinichEllen RichardAsheville, NC
Pledged District 12KerryJason ColeyJamestown, NC
Pledged District 12EdwardsPaula LittleCharlotte, NC
Pledged District 12EdwardsRoy Moore, SrGreensboro, NC
Pledged District 12EdwardsAlbert Porter, Jr.Winston-Salem, NC
Pledged District 12KerryHon. Bernita SimsHigh Point, NC
Pledged District 13EdwardsJillian BrevorkaGreensboro, NC
Pledged District 13KerryKatie CashionGreensboro, NC
Pledged District 13EdwardsRichard GuslerRaleigh, NC
Pledged District 13EdwardsPatricia HawkinsRaleigh, NC
Pledged District 13EdwardsEd TurlingtonRaleigh, NC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsHon. Ralph CampbellRaleigh, NC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsHon. Cora Cole-McFaddenDurham, NC
Pledged PLEOKerryThomas ColeyGreensboro, NC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsHon. Charlie DannellyCharlotte, NC
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Don DavisSnow Hill, NC
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Beverly EarleCharlotte, NC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsHon. John Joseph HackneyChapel Hill, NC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsHon. Elaine MarshallRaleigh, NC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsHon. Mike NelsonCarrboro, NC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsMary NettlesPittsboro, NC
Pledged PLEOKerrySharon ThompsonDurham, NC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsBetsy WellsKings Mountain, NC
Pledged At-LargeKerrySandi CampbellSiler City, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsJohn ForlinesGranite Falls, NC
Pledged At-LargeKerryZack HawkinsDurham, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsCarolyn HoneycuttRaleigh, NC
Pledged At-LargeKerryShelia HugginsDurham, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsMatty Lazo-ChaddertonCary, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsTasse LittleCharlotte, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsFrances McDuffieLaurinburg, NC
Pledged At-LargeKerryHarry McIntyreGreensboro, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsCarolyn McKinneyKernersville, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsBarbara McKoyLillington, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsAnnette MooreChapel Hill, NC
Pledged At-LargeKerryRichard O'BrienFranklinville, NC
Pledged At-LargeKerryMaria Lopez PerryWinston Salem, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsEdward SmithRaleigh, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsJames StephensonCary, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsBrad ThompsonRaleigh, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsByinna WarfieldRaleigh, NC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsLaVeta WeatheringtonGreenville, NC
Pledged At-LargeKerrySharon WorthingtonCarrboro, NC
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsChristine BowserCharlotte, NC
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsMary CudeFranklin, NC
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsShirley KeyDobson, NC
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsJames MettreyRaleigh, NC
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsBobbie RichardsonLouisburg, NC
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsKevin SmithLaurinburg, NC
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsAllen SpaltCarrboro, NC
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsKennis WilkinsWilliamston, NC
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsBecky YoungSunset Beach, NC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryHiawatha FosterCharlotte, NC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKucinichTim LiszewskiRaleigh, NC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeEdwardsGeraldine McNeillFayetteville, NC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeEdwardsMelvin MontfordRaleigh, NC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryHon. Bobby Riddle, Jr.Sanford, NC
Unpledged Add-on Mitchell GoldConover, NC
Unpledged Add-on Evelyn LovettDurham, NC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Frank BalanceWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Bob EtheridgeWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Mike McIntyreWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Brad MillerRaleigh, NC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. David PriceChapel Hill, NC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Melvin WattWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member
Delegation Chair
 Barbara AllenRaleigh, NC
Unpledged DNC Member Jeanette CouncilFayetteville, NC
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Joycelyn JohnsonWinston-Salem, NC
Unpledged DNC Member Jerry MeekRaleigh, NC
Unpledged DNC Member Muriel OffermanCary, NC
Unpledged DNC Member David ParkerStatesville, NC
Unpledged DNC Member Everett WardWake Forest, NC
Unpledged Governor Hon. Michael EasleyRaleigh, NC
Unpledged Senator Hon. John EdwardsWashington, DC
Page Wade ChestnutRaleigh, NC
Page Schorr JohnsonRaleigh, NC
Page Sallie LeslieRaleigh, NC

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


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