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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Massachusetts Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 5 February 20081
State Committee and National Convention Delegate Meeting: Saturday 10 May 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Clinton, Hillary Rodham705,185  55.80%55.0  45.45%52.0  42.98%
Obama, Barack Hussein511,680  40.49%38.0  31.40%65.0  53.72%
Edwards, John Reid20,101   1.59%  
No Preference8,041   0.64%  
Blanks4,841   0.38%  
Others3,279   0.26%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.3,216   0.25%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.2,992   0.24%  
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III1,846   0.15%  
Gravel, Mike1,463   0.12%  
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"1,120   0.09%  
Uncommitted 28.0  23.14% 
(not voting)  4.0   3.31%
Total1,263,764 100.00%121.0 100.00%121.0 100.00%

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The Massachusetts National Convention Delegate Tally sheet can be found here.


Tuesday 5 February 2008

93 of 121 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Massachusetts Presidential Primary: 61 delegates allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 10 congressional districts; 32 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide. 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.

Results and the delegate count from a party source.

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.

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 5, Edwards: 1, Obama: 6
31 January 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 6
2 February 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 6
9 February 2008: Clinton: 7, Obama: 6
16 February 2008: Clinton: 9, Obama: 10
24 February 2008: Clinton: 9, Obama: 11
30 March 2008: Clinton: 9, Obama: 10
30 April 2008: Clinton: 9, Obama: 11
11 May 2008: Clinton: 10, Obama: 11
20 May 2008: Clinton 11, Obama: 11
3 June 2008: Clinton 11, Obama: 13
6 June 2008: Clinton: 11, Obama: 14



Tuesday 5 February 2008: 93 of 121 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Massachusetts 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.

  • 61 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 10 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 6
    • CD 2: 6
    • CD 3: 6
    • CD 4: 7
    • CD 5: 5
    • CD 6: 6
    • CD 7: 6
    • CD 8: 6
    • CD 9: 6
    • CD 10: 7
  • In addition, 32 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 20 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 12 Pledged PLEOs

Saturday 10 May 2008: State Committee and National Convention Delegate Meeting

The remaining 28 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 26 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 10 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 12 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 10 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 3 Distinguished Party Leaders (former DNC Chairman Steve Grossman, former DNC Chairman Debra DeLee, former DNC Chairman Paul G. Kirk, Jr.).
  • 2 Unpledged "add-on"s (selected by the State Party Committee).

These 28 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Massachusetts Delegation (as posted by, 13 June 2008)

Pledged District362561
Pledged PLEO7512
Pledged At-Large12820
Total Pledged553893
Alternate Pledged District9110
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large336
Total Alternates12416
Unpledged  28
Credentials Committee  6
Platform Committee  6
Rules Committee  5
Pages  3
Pledged District 1ClintonOscar R. ArceGreenfield, MA
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Kit DobellePittsfield, MA
Pledged District 1ObamaMolly O'GradySavoy, MA
Pledged District 1ClintonShawn RobinsonEasthampton, MA
Pledged District 1ObamaBenjamin SchwartzWendell, MA
Pledged District 1ObamaNancy StenbergSouthwick, MA
Pledged District 2ObamaElizabeth Cardona-BadiabSpringfield, MA
Pledged District 2ClintonMary Gail CokkiniasLongmeadow, MA
Pledged District 2ClintonMelvin R. Drungo, Jr.Springfield, MA
Pledged District 2ClintonCandice Early LopesSpringfield, MA
Pledged District 2ClintonJose TosadoSpringfield, MA
Pledged District 2ObamaE. Henry TwiggsSpringfield, MA
Pledged District 3ClintonHon. Edward Augustus, Jr.Worcester, MA
Pledged District 3ObamaMarianne BergenholtzWorcester, MA
Pledged District 3ClintonJoseph CarlsonWorcester, MA
Pledged District 3ClintonHon. Harriette ChandlerWorcester, MA
Pledged District 3ClintonKathleen DonahueWestborough, MA
Pledged District 3ObamaFrederick RushtonWorcester, MA
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Ruth B. BalserChestnut Hill, MA
Pledged District 4ObamaBrenda BrathwaiteNewton, MA
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Kay KhanNewton, MA
Pledged District 4ClintonSam LiaoSharon, MA
Pledged District 4ObamaStephen LinskyNewton, MA
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Marc PachecoTaunton, MA
Pledged District 4ObamaThaleia Tsongas SchlesingerBrookline, MA
Pledged District 5ClintonRobert DemersTewksbury, MA
Pledged District 5ObamaHon. James EldridgeActon, MA
Pledged District 5ClintonPatricia Kirwin-KeiltyLowell, MA
Pledged District 5ClintonCurtis LemayLowell, MA
Pledged District 5ObamaFaye MorrisonAyer, MA
Pledged District 6ClintonJonathan W. BlodgettPeabody, MA
Pledged District 6ClintonHon. Kimberley DriscollSalem, MA
Pledged District 6ClintonAgnes RickoLynn, MA
Pledged District 6ObamaMarianne RutterBoxford, MA
Pledged District 6ClintonStanley SlepoyRowley, MA
Pledged District 6ObamaMichael WheelerGloucester, MA
Pledged District 7ObamaRussell AshtonWayland, MA
Pledged District 7ClintonPatricia DealArlington, MA
Pledged District 7ClintonHon. Carol DonovanWoburn, MA
Pledged District 7ClintonThomas J. GosnellWinchester, MA
Pledged District 7ClintonWilliam Thomson, Sr.Malden, MA
Pledged District 7ObamaKimberly WhittakerWinchester, MA
Pledged District 8ObamaGiovanna Alvarez-NegrettiBoston, MA
Pledged District 8ObamaGloria FoxRoxbury, MA
Pledged District 8ClintonJohn KellyCharlestown, MA
Pledged District 8ClintonMarie MendozaMission Hill, MA
Pledged District 8ObamaSean RileyCharlestown, MA
Pledged District 8ObamaHon. Michael P. RossBoston, MA
Pledged District 9ObamaRichard BransonBoston, MA
Pledged District 9ObamaMaura HenniganJamaica Plain, MA
Pledged District 9ClintonPatricia MaloneWest Roxbury, MA
Pledged District 9ClintonKathleen MansonWalpole, MA
Pledged District 9ClintonRamon SotoSouth Boston, MA
Pledged District 9ClintonHon. Martin WalshDorchester, MA
Pledged District 10ClintonJanet CoughlinQuincy, MA
Pledged District 10ClintonSamantha DallaireForestdale, MA
Pledged District 10ObamaMarissa DoranBoston, MA
Pledged District 10ClintonStephen DriscollPembroke, MA
Pledged District 10ClintonHon. Michael MorrisseyQuincy, MA
Pledged District 10ObamaKathleen SingletaryCenterville, MA
Pledged District 10ObamaHon. Eric TurkingtonFalmouth, MA
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Andrea J. CabralJamaica Plain, MA
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. A. Joseph DeNucciNewton, MA
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Salvatore DiMasiBoston, MA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Linda Dorcena ForryDorchester, MA
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. William GalvinBrighton, MA
Pledged PLEOObamaRobert J. HaynesMedford, MA
Pledged PLEOObamaPhilip JohnstonMarshfield, MA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. David P. LinskyNatick, MA
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Joan MenardFall River, MA
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Thomas M. MeninoReadville, MA
Pledged PLEO
Delegation Chair
ClintonHon. Therese MurrayPlymouth, MA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Diane WilkersonBoston, MA
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Willie Mae AllenMattapan, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Carol A. AloisiEast Boston, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonPatricia ArmstrongMilton, MA
Pledged At-LargeObamaCathaleen L. AshtonWayland, MA
Pledged At-LargeObamaHannah BanksBoston, MA
Pledged At-LargeObamaThomas BarberaWaltham, MA
Pledged At-LargeObamaAna Maria CamargoBoston, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonKate ChangSomerville, MA
Pledged At-LargeObamaSarah ComptonConcord, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonDeborah B. GoldbergBrookline, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Lida HarkinsNeedham, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonKathleen A. HealyWestford, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Harold Naughton, Jr.Clinton, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Katherine M. O'BrienPittsfield, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonLois PinesNewton, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Karen SpilkaAshland, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonLynda TocciSomerville, MA
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Alice WolfCambridge, MA
Pledged At-LargeObamaChristina WuSomerville, MA
Pledged At-LargeObamaChristina YoonDorchester, MA
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonHarry DobellePittsfield, MA
Alternate Pledged District 2ClintonIrene KimballLudlow, MA
Alternate Pledged District 3ClintonHon. Vincent PedoneWorcester, MA
Alternate Pledged District 4ClintonMartina JacksonNewton, MA
Alternate Pledged District 5ClintonSamuel PoultenChelmsford, MA
Alternate Pledged District 6ClintonMarcia L. SweeneyMarblehead, MA
Alternate Pledged District 7ClintonArthur FernandesWinthrop, MA
Alternate Pledged District 8ObamaDorothea M. JonesBoston, MA
Alternate Pledged District 9ClintonEdward DohertyJamaica Plain, MA
Alternate Pledged District 10ClintonAlicia GardnerNorth Quincy, MA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaSara AvielCambridge, MA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonGeorge BarnoskiMedford, MA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaLeon Brathwaite, IINewton, MA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonCathy DwyerTewksbury, MA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaMustaque A. MirzaCambridge, MA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonLucy RiveraBoston, MA
Delegation Vice Chair
 Debra KozikowskiChicopee, MA
Delegation Chair
 John WalshBoston, MA
Unpledged Add-On Hon. Martha CoakleyMedford, MA
Unpledged Add-On Arthur PowellBeverly, MA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Michael CapuanoWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. William DelahuntHyannis, MA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Barney FrankNewton, MA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Stephen LynchBoston, MA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Edward MarkeyMedford, MA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. James McGovernWorcester, MA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Richard NealChevy Chase, MD
Unpledged Congressman Hon. John OlverWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. John TierneyWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Niki TsongasWashington, DC
Unpledged Distinguished Party Leader Hon. Debra DeLeeWashington, DC
Unpledged Distinguished Party Leader Hon. Steve GrossmanSomerville, MA
Unpledged Distinguished Party Leader Paul G. Kirk, Jr.Marstons Mills, MA
Unpledged DNC Member Gus BickfordWestford, MA
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Raymond JordanSpringfield, MA
Unpledged DNC Member Elaine C. KamarckBrewster, MA
Unpledged DNC Member David M. O'BrienConcord, MA
Unpledged DNC Member James Roosevelt, Jr.Watertown, MA
Unpledged DNC Member Diane SaxeGrafton, MA
Unpledged DNC Member Alan SolomontNewton, MA
Unpledged DNC Member Margaret D. XifarasMarion, MA
Unpledged Governor Hon. Deval PatrickBoston, MA
Unpledged Senator Hon. Edward M. KennedyWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. John KerryWashington, DC
Credentials CommitteeClintonHon. Daniel BosleyNorth Adams, MA
Credentials CommitteeObamaMiniard CulpepperDorchester, MA
Credentials CommitteeClintonDee Dee EdmundsonCambridge, MA
Credentials Committee James Roosevelt, Jr.Watertown, MA
Credentials CommitteeClintonHon. Marie St. FleurDorchester, MA
Credentials Committee Hon. Bill StrausMattapoisett, MA
Platform CommitteeObamaPaul GiorgioWorcester, MA
Platform CommitteeClintonJoseph KaplanMansfield, MA
Platform Committee Hon. Deval PatrickBoston, MA
Platform CommitteeClintonAnn RooseveltCambridge, MA
Platform Committee Diego SanchezBoston, MA
Platform CommitteeObamaMiriam VogelBrookline, MA
Rules CommitteeObamaRobert BowerMarlborough, MA
Rules CommitteeClintonMaria BuonaugurioSomerville, MA
Rules CommitteeObamaAlice Jelin-IsenbergBoston, MA
Rules CommitteeClintonPaul PezzellaBoston, MA
Rules Committee Hon. Sam YoonBoston, MA
Page Kathleen Manning HallMalden, MA
Page Susan ThomsonMalden, MA
Page Eric M. TurnerWaban, MA

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


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