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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Alaska Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct / House District Caucuses: Tuesday 5 February 20081
State Party Convention: Saturday 24 May 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein6,674  75.16%10.0  55.56%15.0  83.33%
Clinton, Hillary Rodham2,194  24.71%3.0  16.67%3.0  16.67%
Uncommitted12   0.14%5.0  27.78% 
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.   
Edwards, John Reid   
Gravel, Mike   
Kucinich, Dennis J.   
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III   
Total8,880 100.00%18.0 100.00%18.0 100.00%

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Tuesday 5 February 2008: Precinct / House District Caucuses. All precincts within House Districts combine to hold House District-wide Caucuses. State Convention Delegates are chosen therein and are allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate receives at the Caucus- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation. (NOTE: it is the State Convention that will pledge National Convention delegates to presidential contenders).

Here's how we estimate the delegate count (based on the number of state convention delegates (the Vote in our table below) elected at the 5 February Caucuses from a party source. Note that zero national convention delegates are allocated during the Precinct Caucuses - national convention delegates are first elected in May):

  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. Obama and Clinton have qualified for delegates.
  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 5 February 2008 Precinct / House District Caucuses
Estimated Delegate Count
Source: Alaska Democrats
Delegates  13  9  4   

Saturday 24 May 2008: The Alaska State Democratic Convention convenes. The State Convention chooses Alaska's 13 Pledged 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 either the congressional district or statewide level.

The Alaska State Convention chooses 8 district delegates, such choice reflecting the support for the presidential contenders among the delegates to the State Convention from each Legislative District.

In addition, 5 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based the support for the presidential contenders in the State Convention as a whole.

  • 3 at-large National Convention delegates
  • 2 Pledged PLEOs

The remaining 5 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 4 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 0 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 0 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected at the state convention).

These 5 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Saturday 24 May 2008 State Convention ResultsSource: Alaska Democratic Party
Delegates  13  10  3

The 24 May 2008 State Convention's allocation of Alaska's 18 delegates, including pledged and unpledged, is Obama 14, Clinton 4.

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 1
16 February 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 1
19 May 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 3
24 May 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 4

Delegation to the National Convention

Alaska Delegation (as posted by, 1 July 2008)

Pledged District268
Pledged PLEO022
Pledged At-Large123
Total Pledged31013
Alternate Pledged District123
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large011
Total Alternates134
Unpledged  5
Credentials Committee  1
Platform Committee  1
Rules Committee  1
Pages  2
Pledged DistrictObamaAndres F. ChovilChugiak, AK
Pledged DistrictObamaAngela CoxBarrow, AK
Pledged DistrictClintonClaudia DouglasWasilla, AK
Pledged DistrictObamaHon. Les GaraAnchorage, AK
Pledged DistrictObamaHeather KendallAnchorage, AK
Pledged DistrictClintonRex A. Okakok, Sr.Barrow, AK
Pledged DistrictObamaKimberly J. PaceAnchorage, AK
Pledged DistrictObamaGary WaidJuneau, AK
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Lindsey HolmesAnchorage, AK
Pledged PLEOObamaCal WilliamsAnchorage, AK
Pledged At-LargeClintonCarolyn CovingtonPalmer, AK
Pledged At-LargeObamaElyse GuttenbergFairbanks, AK
Pledged At-LargeObamaIdris OgunjobiAnchorage, AK
Alternate Pledged DistrictObamaRyan BuchholdtAnchorage, AK
Alternate Pledged DistrictClintonHon. Charles DegnanUnalakleet, AK
Alternate Pledged DistrictObamaElizabeth VillarealHomer, AK
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaJane ByeDutch Harbor, AK
Delegation Chair
 Patti HigginsAnchorage, AK
Delegation Vice Chair
 Blake JohnsonKenai, AK
Unpledged Add-On Hon. Tony KnowlesAnchorage, AK
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. John DaviesFairbanks, AK
Unpledged DNC Member Cindy SpanyersJuneau, AK
Credentials CommitteeObamaLeslie RidleAnchorage, AK
Platform CommitteeObamaKaren ComptonAnchorage, AK
Rules CommitteeClintonHon. Patrick HigginsAnchorage, AK
Page Michaela K. HernandezAnchorage, AK
Page Marcus SisJuneau, AK

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


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