The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Kentucky Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 20 May 20081
State Convention: Saturday 7 June 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Clinton, Hillary Rodham459,511  65.48%37.0  61.67%24.0  40.00%
Obama, Barack Hussein209,954  29.92%14.0  23.33%36.0  60.00%
Uncommitted18,091   2.58%9.0  15.00% 
Edwards, John Reid14,212   2.03%  
Total701,768 100.00%60.0 100.00%60.0 100.00%

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20 May 2008 official results from an official source.

20 May 2008 official results from an official source by CD.

Here is how we compute the delegate count:

  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.
  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 20 May 2008 Official Primary ResultsSource: Kentucky State Board of Elections
CD1118,097110,643584,0253.797426,6181.20314,227  3,227  
CD2119,238112,670581,7273.627430,9431.37313,721  2,847  
CD3141,685137,862862,4823.626475,3804.37442,134  1,689  
CD4100,37695,411571,0973.726424,3141.27412,799  2,166  
CD592,65481,220581,2205.00058,171  1,602  1,661  
CD6129,718123,488678,9603.836444,5282.16423,608  2,622  
PLEO701,768669,4656459,5114.1184209,9541.882218,091  14,212  
At-Large701,768669,46511459,5117.5508209,9543.450318,091  14,212  
Delegates  51  37  14      

Unpledged delegates as of
9 February 2008: Obama: 1
16 February 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 1
26 April 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 1
30 April 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 2
6 June 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 3



Having begun their first determining step in Stage III in 2008 (Tuesday 20 May 2008 ), Kentucky receives a 10% Bonus in district and at-large delegate votes (+3 district and +1 at-large). Total delegate votes changed from 55 to 59.

Participation in Kentucky’s delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Because Kentucky holds closed party primaries, voters must identify party preference at the time of registration (at least 28 days before the election) to be eligible to vote in the primary election.

Tuesday 20 May 2008: 51 of 60 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Kentucky 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 6 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 5
    • CD 2: 5
    • CD 3: 8
    • CD 4: 5
    • CD 5: 5
    • CD 6: 6
  • In addition, 17 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 11 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 6 Pledged PLEOs

Saturday 7 June 2008: State Convention

The remaining 9 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 8 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 2 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 2 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (nominated by the Chair and selected during the State Convention).

These 9 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Kentucky Delegation (as posted by, 20 August 2008)

Pledged District25934
Pledged PLEO426
Pledged At-Large8311
Total Pledged371451
Alternate Pledged District516
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large213
Total Alternates729
Unpledged  9
Credentials Committee  2
Platform Committee  2
Rules Committee  2
Pages  2
Pledged District 1ClintonHoward L. DawesCalvert City, KY
Pledged District 1ObamaCharles E. MooreOwensboro, KY
Pledged District 1ClintonPat A. VincentNebo, KY
Pledged District 1ClintonDiane WoodHopkinsville, KY
Pledged District 2ClintonBonnie L. GibsonBowling Green, KY
Pledged District 2ObamaClaudia P. HanesBowling Green, KY
Pledged District 2ClintonJoseph H. MattinglyLebanon, KY
Pledged District 2ClintonHon. Jody RichardsBowling Green, KY
Pledged District 2ClintonArshiya T. SaiyedShelbyville, KY
Pledged District 3ClintonJerry R. FergusonLouisville, KY
Pledged District 3ClintonOlivia Anne Morris FuchsLouisville, KY
Pledged District 3ObamaTimothy M. LongmeyerLouisville, KY
Pledged District 3ObamaBrooke P. PardueLouisville, KY
Pledged District 3ClintonWilliam P. RyanLouisville, KY
Pledged District 3ObamaHon. David W. TandyLouisville, KY
Pledged District 3ClintonTina Ward-PughLouisville, KY
Pledged District 3ObamaCarolyn Whitaker TandyLouisville, KY
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Carolyn C. BelcherOwingsville, KY
Pledged District 4ObamaMattie R. Copeland-ParkerLagrange, KY
Pledged District 4ClintonTerry L. MannFort Thomas, KY
Pledged District 4ClintonMarshall T. MurphyFlatwoods, KY
Pledged District 4ClintonSara L. SidebottomCrestview Hills, KY
Pledged District 4ClintonMicah D. SpicerWingo, KY
Pledged District 5ClintonHon. Toni CanterburySouth Williamson, KY
Pledged District 5ClintonStanley A. PriceEubank, KY
Pledged District 5ClintonLois C. WeinbergHindman, KY
Pledged District 5ClintonWilliam R. WeinbergHindman, KY
Pledged District 5ClintonTim K. WiremanSalyersville, KY
Pledged District 6ClintonJacqueline L. ColemanHarrodsburg, KY
Pledged District 6ObamaLibby MarshallFrankfort, KY
Pledged District 6ClintonLee MurphyRichmond, KY
Pledged District 6ClintonElizabeth F. PaceWinchester, KY
Pledged District 6ClintonHarold RobinsonFrankfort, KY
Pledged District 6ObamaReginald L. ThomasLexington, KY
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Jack W. ConwayFrankfort, KY
Pledged PLEOClintonCharles R. HoffmanGeorgetown, KY
Pledged PLEOClintonCrit LuallenFrankfort, KY
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Frank D. MongiardoHazard, KY
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Ruth A. PalumboLexington, KY
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Ed WorleyRichmond, KY
Pledged At-LargeClintonSarah B. AllenPrestonsburg, KY
Pledged At-LargeObamaQueenie L. AveretteLouisville, KY
Pledged At-LargeClintonGeorge W. BoydLouisville, KY
Pledged At-LargeClintonGypsy CantrellElkhorn City, KY
Pledged At-LargeClintonMilly H. DiehlFt. Mitchell, KY
Pledged At-LargeObamaKimberly L. GlennFt. Mitchell, KY
Pledged At-LargeClintonSandra T. Higgins-StinsonMadisonville, KY
Pledged At-LargeClintonKenneth L. KochLouisville, KY
Pledged At-LargeClintonShirley A. MenendezPaducah, KY
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Gerald A. NealLouisville, KY
Pledged At-LargeClintonVirginia L. WoodwardLouisville, KY
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonGail T. HardyCadiz, KY
Alternate Pledged District 2ClintonMichele B. ThomasBowling Green, KY
Alternate Pledged District 3ObamaClarence A. YanceyLouisville, KY
Alternate Pledged District 4ClintonJustin M. ClineOwingsville, KY
Alternate Pledged District 5ClintonJoyce B. LeMasterMorehead, KY
Alternate Pledged District 6ClintonGeoffrey F. DunnLexington, KY
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonCarl J. BensingerLouisville, KY
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaColmon Elridge, IIILexington, KY
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonJudith G. GreenLouisville, KY
Delegation Chair
 Jennifer A. MooreFrankfort, KY
Delegation Vice Chair
 Nathan SmithFrankfort, KY
Unpledged Add-On Matthew W. BarzunLouisville, KY
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Ben ChandlerWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. John A. YarmuthHarrods Creek, KY
Unpledged DNC Member Moretta L. BosleyOwensboro, KY
Unpledged DNC Member Terry McBrayerLexington, KY
Unpledged DNC Member Jo Etta WickliffeHarrodsburg, KY
Unpledged Governor Hon. Steve L. BeshearFrankfort, KY
Credentials CommitteeObamaDiane G. LawlessLexington, KY
Credentials CommitteeClintonWilliam H. MayFrankfort, KY
Platform CommitteeClintonLindsay E. HughesLexington, KY
Platform CommitteeClintonJerry LunderganLexington, KY
Rules CommitteeClintonAlison C. Lundergan GrimesLexington, KY
Rules CommitteeObamaJonathan S. MillerLexington, KY
Page Kerry S. MorganBowling Green, KY
Page David O'NeillLexington, KY

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


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