The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Connecticut Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 5 February 20081
Post Primary Caucus: Wednesday 19 March 2008
State Central Committee: Wednesday 26 March 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein179,742  50.70%26.0  43.33%38.0  63.33%
Clinton, Hillary Rodham165,426  46.66%22.0  36.67%21.0  35.00%
Edwards, John Reid3,424   0.97%  
Uncommitted3,038   0.86%12.0  20.00% 
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"912   0.26%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.846   0.24%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.440   0.12%  
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III436   0.12%  
Gravel, Mike275   0.08%  
(not voting)  1.0   1.67%
Total354,539 100.00%60.0 100.00%60.0 100.00%

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Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 2
1 February 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 4
9 February 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 6
29 February 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 7
30 March 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 8
1 May 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 8
21 May 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 9
2 June 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 10


Tuesday 5 February 2008: 48 of 60 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Connecticut 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.

  • 31 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 5 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 7
    • CD 2: 6
    • CD 3: 7
    • CD 4: 5
    • CD 5: 6
  • In addition, 17 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 11 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 6 Pledged PLEOs

Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on certified returns from an official source: Congressional District Summary, Delegate Summary).

  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  48  26  22
Wednesday 19 March 2008: Post Primary Caucus. Selection of District-Level Dele­gates.

Wednesday 26 March 2008: Delegation Meeting

The remaining 12 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 11 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 6 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 5 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 4 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders (Note: Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997, is a Distinguished Party leader. Reasoning that the office holder position is better known to the public in general, The Green Papers treats elected officials who are Governors, U.S. Senators, or U.S. House members and Distinguished Party Leaders or DNC members as office holders. Note that Senator Joe Lieberman is NOT a Democratic unpledged PLEO. In 2006 he ran for the U.S. Senate under the banner of "Connecticut For Lieberman" and defeated the Democratic Party's nominee. The fact that Senator Lieberman has endorsed Republican John McCain for President in 2008 is not the reason that he is not an unpledged PLEO.)
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected during the Democratic State Central Committee meeting).

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

Delegation to the National Convention

Connecticut Delegation (as posted by, 18 July 2008)

Pledged District141731
Pledged PLEO336
Pledged At-Large5611
Total Pledged222648
Alternate Pledged District145
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large123
Total Alternates268
Unpledged  12
Credentials Committee  2
Platform Committee  2
Rules Committee  2
Pages  2
Pledged District 1ClintonLeo CantyWindsor, CT
Pledged District 1ObamaLarry CharlesHartford, CT
Pledged District 1ObamaSophia DanenbergGlastonbury, CT
Pledged District 1ClintonMaureen MagnanWest Hartford, CT
Pledged District 1ObamaS. Valeria McCallWest Hartford, CT
Pledged District 1ClintonKerry WoodRocky Hill, CT
Pledged District 1ObamaShawn WoodenHartford, CT
Pledged District 2ObamaVivien BlackfordEast Haddam, CT
Pledged District 2ObamaRobert MadoreBolton, CT
Pledged District 2ClintonDorothy A. MrowkaColchester, CT
Pledged District 2ObamaNicholas PaindirisGlastonbury, CT
Pledged District 2ClintonSharon PalmerQuaker Hill, CT
Pledged District 2ClintonWilliam RudisHebron, CT
Pledged District 3ClintonHon. Juan CandelariaNew Haven, CT
Pledged District 3ObamaHon. John DeStefanoNew Haven, CT
Pledged District 3ClintonDebra HauserNew Haven, CT
Pledged District 3ClintonJames E. HowellNaugatuck, CT
Pledged District 3ObamaJennifer JustWoodbridge, CT
Pledged District 3ObamaHon. Martin LooneyNew Haven, CT
Pledged District 3ObamaHon. Toni WalkerNew Haven, CT
Pledged District 4ClintonSusan D. CoccoRidgefield, CT
Pledged District 4ObamaGloria DePinaStamford, CT
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Dannel MalloyStanford, CT
Pledged District 4ObamaElisabeth "Lyda" RuijterStamford, CT
Pledged District 4ObamaThomas WilkinsonFairfield, CT
Pledged District 5ClintonHon. Jason W. BartlettBethel, CT
Pledged District 5ObamaFrancisco BorgesFarmington, CT
Pledged District 5ClintonDeborah D'AgostinoWatertown, CT
Pledged District 5ObamaElizabeth GiannarosFarmington, CT
Pledged District 5ClintonSal LucianoWatertown, CT
Pledged District 5ObamaMildred Torres-FergusonMeriden, CT
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. James AmannMilford, CT
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Richard BlumenthalGreenwich, CT
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Susan BysiewiczMiddletown, CT
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Denise NappierHartford, CT
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. William M. TongStamford, CT
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Nancy WymanTolland, CT
Pledged At-LargeObamaShawn BiggersWest Hartford, CT
Pledged At-LargeObamaCarmen BoudierHartford, CT
Pledged At-LargeObamaSanford Cloud, Jr.Farmington, CT
Pledged At-LargeClintonCarmen ColonBridgeport, CT
Pledged At-LargeClintonSonya FinchBridgeport, CT
Pledged At-LargeObamaNed LamontGreenwich, CT
Pledged At-LargeObamaNancy MedinaBridgeport, CT
Pledged At-LargeClintonAnna MontalvoNaugatuck, CT
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Kelvin RoldanHartford, CT
Pledged At-LargeClintonJimetta SamahaDanbury, CT
Pledged At-LargeObamaLaura Harding StewartDarien, CT
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaHon. Scott SlifkaWest Hartford, CT
Alternate Pledged District 2ClintonMelissa OzolsIvoryton, CT
Alternate Pledged District 3ObamaGerald WeinerWoodbridge, CT
Alternate Pledged District 4ObamaGail WorthingtonStamford, CT
Alternate Pledged District 5ObamaHon. Donald DeFronzoNew Britain, CT
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonMartha M. AasenWestport, CT
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaVirginia FoxStamford, CT
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaAlexander PaulsonNorwalk, CT
Delegation Chair
 Nancy DiNardoHartford, CT
Delegation Vice Chair
 Hon. Stephen FontanaNew Haven, CT
Unpledged Add-On Hon. Donald WilliamsHartford, CT
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Joseph CourtneyWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Rosa DeLauroWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. John B. LarsonWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Christopher S. MurphyWashington, DC
Unpledged Distinguished Party Leader Hon. Christopher J. DoddHartford, CT
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Anthony AvalloneMilford, CT
Unpledged DNC Member Ellen CamhiStamford, CT
Unpledged DNC Member Martin DunleavyNew Haven, CT
Unpledged DNC Member John W. OlsenRocky Hill, CT
Credentials CommitteeObamaEric ColemanBloomfield, CT
Credentials CommitteeClintonDonna KingNorwalk, CT
Platform CommitteeObamaEd GomezBridgeport, CT
Platform CommitteeClintonMaria HoffmanBridgeport, CT
Rules CommitteeClintonMike CoffeyNorwalk, CT
Rules CommitteeObamaDenise MerrillMansfield, CT
Page Allison DodgeMiddlefield, CT
Page Lon SeidmanIvoryton, CT

Congressional Districts  

Congressional Districts re: Counties (and- in some cases- Minor Civil Divisions)

County orDistrict(s)
Minor Civil Division
Fairfield County  
Bethel CD 5
Bridgeport CD 4
Brookfield CD 5
Danbury CD 5
Darien CD 4
Easton CD 4
Fairfield CD 4
Greenwich CD 4
Monroe CD 4
New Canaan CD 4
New Fairfield CD 5
Newtown CD 5
Norwalk CD 4
Redding CD 4
Ridgefield CD 4
Shelton CDs 3 & 4
Sherman CD 5
Stamford CD 4
Stratford CD 3
Trumbull CD 4
Weston CD 4
Westport CD 4
Wilton CD 4
Hartford County  
Avon CD 5
Berlin CD 1
Bloomfield CD 1
Bristol CD 1
Burlington CD 5
Canton CD 5
East Granby CD 1
East Hartford CD 1
East Windsor CD 1
Enfield CD 2
Farmington CD 5
Glastonbury CDs 1 & 2
Granby CD 1
Hartford CD 1
Hartland CD 1
Manchester CD 1
Marlborough CD 2
New Britain CD 5
Newington CD 1
Plainville CD 5
Rocky Hill CD 1
Simsbury CD 5
Southington CD 1
South Windsor CD 1
Suffield CD 2
West Hartford CD 1
Wethersfield CD 1
Windsor CD 1
Windsor Locks CD 1
Litchfield County  
Barkhamsted CD 1
Bethlehem CD 5
Bridgewater CD 5
Canaan CD 5
Colebrook CD 1
Cornwall CD 5
Goshen CD 5
Harwinton CD 5
Kent CD 5
Litchfield CD 5
Morris CD 5
New Hartford CD 1
New Milford CD 5
Norfolk CD 5
North Canaan CD 5
Plymouth CD 5
Roxbury CD 5
Salisbury CD 5
Sharon CD 5
Thomaston CD 5
Torrington CDs 1 & 5
Warren CD 5
Washington CD 5
Watertown CD 5
Winchester CD 1
Woodbury CD 5
Middlesex County  
Chester CD 2
Clinton CD 2
Cromwell CD 1
Deep River CD 2
Durham CDs 2 & 3
East Haddam CD 2
East Hampton CD 2
Essex CD 2
Haddam CD 2
Killingworth CD 2
Middlefield CD 3
Middletown CDs 1 & 3
Old Saybrook CD 2
Portland CD 1
Westbrook CD 2
New Haven County  
Ansonia CD 3
Beacon Falls CD 3
Bethany CD 3
Branford CD 3
Cheshire CD 5
Derby CD 3
East Haven CD 3
Guilford CD 3
Hamden CD 3
Madison CD 2
Meriden CD 5
Middlebury CD 5
Milford CD 3
Naugatuck CD 3
New Haven CD 3
North Branford CD 3
North Haven CD 3
Orange CD 3
Oxford CD 4
Prospect CD 3
Seymour CD 3
Southbury CD 5
Wallingford CD 3
Waterbury CDs 3 & 5
West Haven CD 3
Wolcott CD 5
Woodbridge CD 3
New London County  
entire county: CD 2
Tolland County  
entire county: CD 2
Windham County  
entire county: CD 2

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


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