The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Arkansas Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 5 February 20081
Special State Convention: Saturday 8 March 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Clinton, Hillary Rodham220,136  70.05%27.0  57.45% 
Obama, Barack Hussein82,476  26.25%8.0  17.02%47.0 100.00%
Edwards, John Reid5,873   1.87%  
Uncommitted3,398   1.08%12.0  25.53% 
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III810   0.26%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.515   0.16%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.393   0.13%  
Gravel, Mike325   0.10%  
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"308   0.10%  
Total314,234 100.00%47.0 100.00%47.0 100.00%

States Chronologically   States Alphabetically     Democratic Convention     Arkansas Republican    
Arkansas Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
Arkansas State and Local Government


In addition, the Arkansas Secretary of State is reporting 1,088 undervotes and 517 overvotes.

21 August 2008 update: The Arkansas Times reports that yesterday, during a conference call presided over by Governor Mike Beebe, the National Convention delegates filled several vacancies. Mrs. Rebecca Gwatney was elected to fill the position of her late husband state Senator and delegation Chair William "Bill" Gwatney. He was shot and killed on 13 August. In addition, Vice Chair Karla Bradley was elected as Chair. Karen Garcia and Krystal Thrailkill were elected to fill vacancies in CD 4 as delegate and alternate respectively.

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 8
9 February 2008: Clinton: 10
12 April 2008: Clinton: 11
13 August 2008: Clinton: 10 (the passing of DNC member Bill Gwatney)


Tuesday 5 February 2008: 35 of 47 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Arkansas 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.

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

Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on certified returns from an official source as of 7 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  35  27  8

Saturday 8 March 2008: Special 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 during the State Convention by a vote of the delegates).

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

Delegation to the National Convention

Arkansas Delegation (as posted by, 18 April 2008)

Pledged District175022
Pledged PLEO0000
Pledged At-Large6208
Total Pledged237030
Alternate Pledged District4004
Alternate Pledged PLEO0000
Alternate Pledged At-Large1102
Total Alternates5106
Unpledged   12
Credentials Committee   1
Platform Committee   1
Rules Committee   1
Pages   2
Pledged District 1ClintonBetty AllredMountain View, AR
Pledged District 1ClintonJamie DarlingTuckerman, AR
Pledged District 1ObamaKedrin EdgersonJonesboro, AR
Pledged District 1ClintonGary PhillipsBlytheville, AL
Pledged District 1ClintonErnestine WeaverForrest City, AR
Pledged District 1ClintonJason WillettJonesboro, AR
Pledged District 2ObamaAnnie AbramsLittle Rock, AR
Pledged District 2ClintonRobert EdwardsLittle Rock, AR
Pledged District 2ObamaOmaya JonesLittle Rock, AR
Pledged District 2ClintonChris MasingillLittle Rock, AR
Pledged District 2ClintonShirley MontgomeryConway, AR
Pledged District 2ClintonHon. Kathy WebbLittle Rock, AR
Pledged District 3ClintonThurman MetcalfRogers, AR
Pledged District 3ClintonSusana O'DanielFayetteville, AR
Pledged District 3ClintonBerta SeitzFayetteville, AR
Pledged District 3ClintonHon. Lindsley SmithFayetteville, AR
Pledged District 3ObamaDavid WhitakerFayetteville, AR
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Robin CarrollEl Dorado, AR
Pledged District 4ClintonLucinda HaleDe Queen, AR
Pledged District 4ObamaValecia PumphreyTexarkana, AR
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Carl Redus, Jr.Pine Bluff, AR
Pledged District 4ClintonBrandon RobinsonPine Bluff, AR
Pledged At-LargeClintonAdrienne BradleyLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeClintonLynette BryantLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeClintonWanda Bynum AshleyLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Stephanie FlowersPine Bluff, AR
Pledged At-LargeClintonDiana Gonzales WorthenSpringdale, AR
Pledged At-LargeClintonJane Gray-ToddSherwood, AR
Pledged At-LargeObamaCharles KingLittle Rock, AR
Pledged At-LargeClintonBarbara MoodySalem, AR
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonDanny RiddleJonesboro, AR
Alternate Pledged District 2ClintonMaria PetersLittle Rock, AR
Alternate Pledged District 3ClintonDonald BishopHarrison, AR
Alternate Pledged District 4ClintonNorma KinardMagnolia, AR
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Linda ChesterfieldLittle Rock, AR
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Jorge Garcia, Jr.Hot Springs, AR
Delegation Vice Chair
 Karla BradleyFayetteville, AR
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Bill GwatneyLittle Rock, AR
Unpledged Add-On Hon. Mark WilcoxWooster, AR
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Marion BerryWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Mike RossWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Vic SnyderWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Don BeaversN. Little Rock, AR
Unpledged DNC Member Martha DixonArkadelphia, AR
Unpledged DNC Vice Chair Hon. Lottie ShackelfordLittle Rock, AR
Unpledged Governor Hon. Mike BeebeLittle Rock, AR
Unpledged Senator Hon. Blanche LincolnWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Mark PryorWashington, DC
Credentials CommitteeObamaSusan CarollLittle Rock, AR
Platform CommitteeClintonBenton SmithJonesboro, AR
Rules CommitteeUncommittedTerri HollingsworthLittle Rock, AR
Page Margaret HobbsLittle Rock, AR
Page Hon. Craig StoneWalnut Ridge, AR

Congressional Districts  

Congressional Districts re: Counties

County District
Arkansas CD 1
Ashley CD 4
Baxter CD 1
Benton CD 3
Boone CD 3
Bradley CD 4
Calhoun CD 4
Carroll CD 3
Chicot CD 4
Clark CD 4
Clay CD 1
Cleburne CD 1
Cleveland CD 4
Columbia CD 4
Conway CD 2
Craighead CD 1
Crawford CD 3
Crittenden CD 1
Cross CD 1
Dallas CD 4
Desha CD 4
Drew CD 4
Faulkner CD 2
Franklin CD 3
Fulton CD 1
Garland CD 4
Grant CD 4
Greene CD 1
Hempstead CD 4
Hot Spring CD 4
Howard CD 4
Independence CD 1
Izard CD 1
Jackson CD 1
Jefferson CD 4
Johnson CD 3
Lafayette CD 4
Lawrence CD 1
Lee CD 1
Lincoln CD 4
Little River CD 4
Logan CD 4
Lonoke CD 1
Madison CD 3
Marion CD 3
Miller CD 4
Mississippi CD 1
Monroe CD 1
Montgomery CD 4
Nevada CD 4
Newton CD 3
Ouachita CD 4
Perry CD 2
Phillips CD 1
Pike CD 4
Poinsett CD 1
Polk CD 4
Pope CD 3
Prairie CD 1
Pulaski CD 2
Randolph CD 1
St. Francis CD 1
Saline CD 2
Scott CD 4
Searcy CD 1
Sebastian CD 3
Sevier CD 4
Sharp CD 1
Stone CD 1
Union CD 4
Van Buren CD 2
Washington CD 3
White CD 2
Woodruff CD 1
Yell CD 2

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


  Election - Primary, Caucus, and Convention Home  
  Presidential Hopefuls  
  States Alphabetically  
  Events Chronologically  
  Major Events Chronologically  
  Poll Closing Times Chronologically   --   Poll Closing Times Alphabetically  
  Democratic "First Determining Step" Chronologically  
  Chronological Cumulative Allocation of Delegates  
  Weekly Delegate Distribution and Availability  
Delegate Counts
  State by State Summary  
  Democratic Pledged and Unpledged Summary   --   Republican Pledged and Unpledged Summary  
  Democratic Hard and Floor Summary   --   Republican Hard and Floor Summary  
  Democratic Unpledged Delegate Preferences  
Delegate Allocation
  Democratic Quick Reference   --   Republican Quick Reference  
  Democratic Detailed Delegate Allocation   --   Republican Detailed Delegate Allocation  
  Democratic Delegate Selection and Voter Eligibility   --   Republican Delegate Selection and Voter Eligibility  
  Primaries at a Glance  
Ballot Access
  Democratic Candidates   --   Republican Candidates  
  Historical Analysis of the Presidential Nominating Process  
  Historical Analysis of the apportionment of delegate votes at the National Conventions of the two major parties  
  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
  Third Parties (Green, Libertarian)  
  Straw Polls