The Green Papers
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright North Dakota Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Tuesday 3 February 20041
Legislative District Conventions: Tuesday 17 February - Friday 12 March 2004
State Convention: Friday 2 April - Sunday 4 April 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F.5,366   50.8%9.   40.9%22.  100.0%
Clark, Wesley K.2,502   23.7%5.   22.7% 
Dean, Howard1,231   11.7%  
Edwards, John1,025    9.7%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.308    2.9%  
Lieberman, Joe98    0.9%  
Sharpton, Alfred C. "Al"28    0.3%  
Uncommitted 8.   36.4% 
Total10,558  100.0%22.  100.0%22.  100.0%

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North Dakota Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


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

Results from a party source:

Here's how we will compute the delegate count as of 3 February 2004 (note that delegates are first allocated at the April State Convention):

  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 qualify.
  2. Allocate the Congressional District (North Dakota has only one Congressional District), 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 3 February 2004: Precinct Caucuses meet in each precinct. Each Precinct Caucus chooses delegates to Legislative District Conventions based on presidential preference.

  • "The Precinct Caucus chooses the precinct's delegates to the Legislative District Convention of the legislative district in which the precinct is located. Such Legislative District Convention delegates from the precinct are allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate received at the Precinct Caucus- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation."

North Dakota delegates to the national convention shall in all good conscience reflect the sentiments of the 3 February 2004 Presidential Preference Caucus vote on the first ballot at the national convention in a manner that proportionately represents the percentage of the presidential caucus votes.


Tuesday 17 February - Friday 12 March 2004: Legislative District Conventions convene in each legislative district. Each Legislative District Convention chooses delegates to the North Dakota State Democratic Convention based on presidential preference.

  • "These Legislative District Conventions choose the legislative district's delegates to the North Dakota State Democratic Convention. Such State Convention delegates from the legislative district are to be allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate received at the Legislative District Convention- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation."

Friday 2 April - Sunday 4 April 2004 - State Convention. 14 of 22 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders reflecting the support for the presidential contenders at the State Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the statewide level.

  • 9 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the preferences among the convention participants as a whole. North Dakota has a single statewide congressional district.
  • In addition, 5 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the preferences among the convention participants as a whole.
    • 3 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 2 Pledged PLEOs

The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 7 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members
    • 3 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 1 Representative)
    • 0 Governor
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected on 4 April at the State Convention by a vote of all the caucuses).

These 8 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

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

Pledged District369
Pledged PLEO112
Pledged At-Large123
Total Pledged5914
Alternate Pledged District123
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large011
Total Alternates134
Unpledged  8
Pages  0
Pledged DistrictKerryDaniel HannaherFargo, ND
Pledged DistrictClarkRon HodgeBismarck, ND
Pledged DistrictKerryMarty HoffmanFargo, ND
Pledged DistrictKerryHon. Paul MeyersFargo, ND
Pledged DistrictKerryKayla PulvermacherFargo, ND
Pledged DistrictClarkThea ReilkoffGrand Forks, ND
Pledged DistrictKerryChris RungeBismarck, ND
Pledged DistrictKerrySharon Swan TieszenFargo, ND
Pledged DistrictClarkBill TuttleDrayton, ND
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Lois DelmoreGrand Forks, ND
Pledged PLEOClarkHon. Eliot GlassheimGrand Forks, ND
Pledged At-LargeKerryCheryl BergianFargo, ND
Pledged At-LargeClarkCorey BlairWest Fargo, ND
Pledged At-LargeKerryAudrey Henderson-NochoFargo, ND
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryPhyllis HowardNew Town, ND
Alternate Pledged DistrictClarkCharles PospishilMinot, ND
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryHon. Lonny WinrichGrand Forks, ND
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryDeborah JohnsonMinot, ND
Unpledged Add-on Erin MowersFargo, ND
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Earl PomeroyWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member
Delegation Chair
 Tom DicksonBismark, ND
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Jim MaxsonMinot, ND
Unpledged DNC Member Renee PfenningBismarck, ND
Unpledged DNC Member Mary WakefieldGrand Forks, ND
Unpledged Senator Hon. Kent ConradWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Byron DorganWashington, DC

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


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