The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright District of Columbia Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 12 February 20081
State Party Committee: Thursday 3 April 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein93,386  75.31%12.0  30.00%33.0  82.50%
Clinton, Hillary Rodham29,470  23.77%3.0   7.50%7.0  17.50%
Edwards, John Reid347   0.28%  
Uncommitted339   0.27%25.0  62.50% 
Kucinich, Dennis J.193   0.16%  
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III145   0.12%  
Write-In114   0.09%  
Total123,994 100.00%40.0 100.00%40.0 100.00%

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The vote count above reflects the certified returns as of 10 March 2008. In addition, there were 234 Under Votes and 53 Over Votes.

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 11, Obama: 2
9 February 2008: Clinton: 11, Obama: 3
12 February 2008: Clinton: 9, Obama: 3
16 February 2008: Clinton: 9, Obama: 5
20 February 2008: Clinton: 9, Obama: 7
29 February 2008: Clinton: 9, Obama: 9
8 March 2008: Clinton: 10, Obama: 9
30 March 2008: Clinton: 10, Obama: 8
12 April 2008: Clinton: 10, Obama: 9
19 April 2008: Clinton: 10, Obama: 10
14 May 2008: Clinton: 10, Obama: 11
15 May 2008: Clinton: 10, Obama: 12
3 June 2008: Clinton: 9, Obama: 13
6 June 2008: Clinton: 8, Obama: 14

According to the 17 May 2008 article below, 1 Clinton pledged delegate intends to cast his ballot for Obama. Accordingly, we have changed our soft pledged count from Obama 12, Clinton 3 to Obama 13, Clinton 2. Our hard count remains Obama 12, Clinton 3 as originally assigned.

The reports that Councilman Jack Evans, who was elected as pledged at-large delegate to Clinton, announced that he now supports Obama. Mr. Evans is affiliated with the DC Clinton campaign.

According to the 20 May 2008 article below, Jack Evans has changed his mind.

The reports that Councilman Jack Evans stated that he is backing Senator Clinton. This apparently occured on the day after he announced he would support Obama. "I'm a pledged delegate for Hillary Clinton and I will vote for her at the convention". Mr. Evans is affiliated with the Clinton campaign and was recently elected as a pledged at-larged delegate to Clinton.

Reference: District of Columbia Delegate Selection Plan FOR THE 2008 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION (updated 2/08)


Tuesday 12 February 2008: 15 of 40 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's District of Columbia 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.

  • 10 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the District's 2 municipal districts (each consisting of 4 of the city's 8 wards).
    • municipal district 1 (Wards 1, 2, 3, 4): 5
    • municipal district 2 (Wards 5, 6, 7, 8): 5
  • In addition, 5 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the district wide primary vote.
    • 3 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 2 Pledged PLEOs

Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on certified returns from an official source):

  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  15  12  3

Thursday 3 April 2008: State Party Committee.

The remaining 25 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 23 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 19 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 3 Members of Congress (1 nonvoting Delegate to the House of Representatives plus 2 so-called "shadow Senators" [the Democratic Party traditionally supports Statehood for the District of Columbia; in addition this number reflects the Electoral Vote of D.C. which has always gone to the Democrats in Presidential Elections]).
    • 1 "Governor" (the Mayor of DC).
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 2 Unpledged "add-on"s (Selected by the DC Democratic State Committee. At least one of these delegates shall be a "Shadow" Representative, if a Democrat.).

These 25 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

District of Columbia Delegation (as posted by, 13 June 2008)

Pledged District2810
Pledged PLEO022
Pledged At-Large123
Total Pledged31215
Alternate Pledged District033
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large011
Total Alternates044
Unpledged  25
Credentials Committee  4
Platform Committee  3
Rules Committee  3
Pages  2
Pledged District 1ObamaJerry N. ClarkWashington, DC
Pledged District 1ObamaMaria P. CorralesWashington, DC
Pledged District 1ObamaKierra JohnsonWashington, DC
Pledged District 1ClintonPeter D. RosensteinWashington, DC
Pledged District 1ObamaDarryl WigginsWashington, DC
Pledged District 2ClintonHon. Sandra C. AllenWashington, DC
Pledged District 2ObamaPauline E. ChapmanWashington, DC
Pledged District 2ObamaCynthia KainWashington, DC
Pledged District 2ObamaEugene D. KinlowWashington, DC
Pledged District 2ObamaAnthony MuhammadWashington, DC
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Kwame R. BrownWashington, DC
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Vincent C. GrayWashington, DC
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Muriel BowserWashington, DC
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Jack EvansWashington, DC
Pledged At-LargeObamaJames HudsonWashington, DC
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaKeshini LadduwhettyWashington, DC
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaBetty L. SmallsWashington, DC
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaJuan Manuel ThompsonWashington, DC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaThomas LindenfeldWashington, DC
Delegation Chair
 Anita BondsWashington, DC
Delegation Vice Chair
 Jeffrey RichardsonWashington, DC
Unpledged Add-On Hon. Yvette AlexanderWashington, DC
Unpledged Add-On Hon. Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.Washington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Eleanor Holmes NortonWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Donna BrazileWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Marilyn BrownWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Anna BurgerWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Mary Eva CandonWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Yolanda CarawayWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Larry CohenWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Arrington DixonWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Hartina FlournoyWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Harold IckesWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Ben JohnsonWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Eric KleinfeldWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Moses MercadoWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Mona MohibWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Minyon MooreWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Elizabeth M. SmithWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Christine WarnkeWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member James J. ZogbyWashington, DC
Unpledged Governor
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Adrian FentyWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Michael BrownWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Paul StraussWashington, DC
Credentials Committee Dean AguillenWashington, DC
Credentials Committee Jose CeballosWashington, DC
Credentials Committee Hartina FlournoyWashington, DC
Credentials CommitteeObamaMiriam SapiroWashington, DC
Platform Committee Hon. Elizabeth Frawley BagleyWashington, DC
Platform CommitteeClintonHon. William LightfootWashington, DC
Platform Committee Edward McElroyWashington, DC
Rules CommitteeObamaDon DinanWashington, DC
Rules Committee Irma EsparzaWashington, DC
Rules Committee Sunita LeedsWashington, DC
Page James BerryWashington, DC
Page Deborah RoysterWashington, DC

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


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