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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Alabama Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 5 February 20081
State Democratic Executive Committee Meeting: Saturday 1 March 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein300,319  55.96%27.0  45.00%48.0  80.00%
Clinton, Hillary Rodham223,089  41.57%25.0  41.67%5.0   8.33%
Edwards, John Reid7,841   1.46%  
Uncommitted2,663   0.50%8.0  13.33% 
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.1,174   0.22%  
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III1,017   0.19%  
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"523   0.10%  
(not voting)  7.0  11.67%
Total536,626 100.00%60.0 100.00%60.0 100.00%

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Tuesday 5 February 2008: 52 of 60 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Alabama 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.

  • 34 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: 4
    • CD 3: 5
    • CD 4: 5
    • CD 5: 5
    • CD 6: 4
    • CD 7: 7
  • 18 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 11 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 7 Pledged PLEOs

Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on certified returns from an official source as of 12 March 2008):

  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. Clinton and Obama 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.
Delegates  52  27  25

Saturday 1 March 2008: State Democratic Executive Committee Meeting / National Convention delegation meeting.

The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 7 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 2 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 2 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected during the State Democratic Executive Committee meeting).

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

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 1
16 February 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 1
4 March 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 2

Delegation to the National Convention

Alabama Delegation (as posted by, 11 August 2008)

Pledged District171734
Pledged PLEO347
Pledged At-Large5611
Total Pledged252752
Alternate Pledged District257
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large112
Total Alternates369
Unpledged  8
Credentials Committee  2
Platform Committee  3
Rules Committee  2
Pages  2
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Bill ClarkMobile, AL
Pledged District 1ObamaHon. Thomas E. JacksonThomasville, AL
Pledged District 1ObamaPatricia LewisMobile, AL
Pledged District 1ClintonLynda MaloneGrove Hill, AL
Pledged District 2ObamaShemika D. BrownMontgomery, AL
Pledged District 2ClintonWarren DavisMontgomery, AL
Pledged District 2ClintonAnn HubbertMontgomery, AL
Pledged District 2ObamaTracy LarkinMontgomery, AL
Pledged District 3ObamaAlbert BellTalladega, AL
Pledged District 3ObamaHon. Barbara B. Boyd Ed.D.Anniston, AL
Pledged District 3ClintonJoe M. ReedMontgomery, AL
Pledged District 3ObamaHon. Quinton Ross, Jr.Montgomery, AL
Pledged District 3ClintonDoris A. Stallworth-BarronAnniston, AL
Pledged District 4ObamaRobert AveryGadsden, AL
Pledged District 4ClintonPeggy BakerHackelburg, AL
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Roger BedfordRussellville, AL
Pledged District 4ClintonMelissa F. BoyenCullman, AL
Pledged District 4ClintonJack FloydGadsden, AL
Pledged District 5ClintonHon. Joseph L. BattleHuntsville, AL
Pledged District 5ClintonSusan C. BrownHampton Cove, AL
Pledged District 5ObamaHon. Laura HallHuntsville, AL
Pledged District 5ObamaRichard Showers, Sr.Huntsville, AL
Pledged District 5ClintonPamela P. WallaceAthens, AL
Pledged District 6ClintonLouis BaxleyBirmingham, AL
Pledged District 6ObamaHolley CampBirmingham, AL
Pledged District 6ClintonJennifer ClarkeBirmingham, AL
Pledged District 6ObamaJohn N. CrenshawBirmingham, AL
Pledged District 7ObamaLouise AlexanderBessemer, AL
Pledged District 7ObamaLaKeisha M. ChestnutBessemer, AL
Pledged District 7ObamaHon. Merika ColemanBirmingham, AL
Pledged District 7ObamaEarl F. Hilliard, Jr.Birmingham, AL
Pledged District 7ClintonHon. Earl HilliardBirmingham, AL
Pledged District 7ObamaFred HornBirmingham, AL
Pledged District 7ClintonHon. Shelia SmootBirmingham, AL
Pledged PLEOObamaGinger Avery-BucknerMontgomery, AL
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Ella B. BellMontgomery, AL
Pledged PLEOObamaAmy BurksDecatur, AL
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Linda F. ColemanBirmingham, AL
Pledged PLEOObamaGiles G. PerkinsBirmingham, AL
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Hank SandersSelma, AL
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Ron SparksMontgomery, AL
Pledged At-LargeObamaRoger Bedford, IIIRussellville, AL
Pledged At-LargeObamaJanet Y. BuskeyMontgomery, AL
Pledged At-LargeObamaDoris D. CrenshawMontgomery, AL
Pledged At-LargeClintonTyna D. DavisMontgomery, AL
Pledged At-LargeClintonGrover DunnBessemer, AL
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Priscilla DunnBessemer, AL
Pledged At-LargeObamaTamara FlemingMontgomery, AL
Pledged At-LargeClintonFred D. Gray, Jr.Tuskegee, AL
Pledged At-LargeObamaPatricia HendersonBirmingham, AL
Pledged At-LargeObamaFrank D. McPhillipsBirmingham, AL
Pledged At-LargeClintonSusan D. ParkerRogersville, AL
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaHelen CampGulf Shores, AL
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaJerome GrayMontgomery, AL
Alternate Pledged District 3ObamaBarbara HowardTuskegee Institute, AL
Alternate Pledged District 4ClintonBarbara J. BoboMillport, AL
Alternate Pledged District 5ClintonRex G. CheathamDecatur, AL
Alternate Pledged District 6ObamaJoyce RiceCentreville, AL
Alternate Pledged District 7ObamaHon. Bobby SingletonGreensboro, AL
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaKatherine BakerBirmingham, AL
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonMaurice MercerPelham, AL
Delegation Chair
 Joe TurnhamMontgomery, AL
Delegation Vice Chair
 Hon. Nancy WorleyMontgomery, AL
Unpledged Add-On D. Stewart S. BurkhalterMontgomery, AL
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Robert Cramer, Jr.Washington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Artur DavisWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Randy KelleyGadsden, AL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Yvonne KennedyMobile, AL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Joe L. ReedMontgomery, AL
Credentials CommitteeObamaTed A. HospBirmingham, AL
Credentials CommitteeClintonPeggy MobleyAndalusia, AL
Platform CommitteeClintonEarl C. JonesDothan, AL
Platform Committee Beverly RossAL
Platform Committee Hon. Patricia ToddBirmingham, AL
Rules CommitteeClintonClint DaughtreyMontgomery, AL
Rules CommitteeObamaTerri A. SewellBirmingham, AL
Page Wanda McNeilHuntsville, AL
Page Steven ReedMontgomery, AL

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


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