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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Meetings: Saturday 23 February 2008
Primary: Tuesday 11 March 20081
County Conventions: Saturday 15 March 2008
Congressional District Conventions: Saturday 5 April - Saturday 3 May 2008
State Convention: Saturday 7 June 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein265,502  61.15%20.0  48.78%33.0  80.49%
Clinton, Hillary Rodham159,221  36.67%13.0  31.71%8.0  19.51%
Edwards, John Reid3,933   0.91%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.1,816   0.42%  
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III1,396   0.32%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.912   0.21%  
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"739   0.17%  
Gravel, Mike591   0.14%  
Undecided42   0.01%  
Uncommitted 8.0  19.51% 
Total434,152 100.00%41.0 100.00%41.0 100.00%

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Reference: Mississippi Delegate Selection Plan - 18 December 2007

Certified 11 March 2008 statewide vote from an official source.

Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on certified returns from an party 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.
  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: Obama: 2
15 March 2008: Obama: 3
21 May 2008: Obama: 4
3 June 2008: Obama: 5


Saturday 23 February 2008: Precinct Meetings begin at 10:00 AM local time. The purpose of the precinct meetings are to elect delegates to the County Convention. No person shall be required to state presidential preference at the precinct level.


Participation in Mississippi's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Voters do not register by political party in Mississippi. By voting in the Presidential Preference Primary, voters declare party preference.

Tuesday 11 March 2008: 33 of 41 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Mississippi 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: 5
    • CD 2: 7
    • CD 3: 5
    • CD 4: 5
  • In addition, 11 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 7 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 4 Pledged PLEOs

Saturday 15 March 2008: County Conventions begin at 10:00 AM local time. The delegates elect an executive committee and elect delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions. No person shall be required to state presidential preference at the county level.


Saturday 5 April - Saturday 3 May 2008. Congressional District Conventions are held at 10:00 AM local time on 5 April (CD 1), 19 April (CD 2), 26 April (CD 3), and 3 May (CD 4). Delegates at the District Conventions elect members to the state executive committee and Congressional Delegates to the National Convention (according to the preferences expressed during the Presidential Primary).


Saturday 7 June 2008: State Convention

The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 7 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 3 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 3 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected by the State Convention).

These 8 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Mississippi Delegation (as posted by, 11 August 2008)

Pledged District91322
Pledged PLEO134
Pledged At-Large347
Total Pledged132033
Alternate Pledged District134
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large112
Total Alternates246
Unpledged  8
Credentials Committee  1
Platform Committee  1
Rules Committee  1
Pages  2
Pledged District 1ObamaHon. Leroy BrooksColumbus, MS
Pledged District 1ObamaMamie CunninghamOkolona, MS
Pledged District 1ClintonEric A. HamptonTupelo, MS
Pledged District 1ClintonKelly JacobsHernando, MS
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. William StoneAshland, MS
Pledged District 2ObamaMary K. BrownVicksburg, MS
Pledged District 2ClintonBettye K. Dagner-CookJackson, MS
Pledged District 2ObamaJeffrey L. GoodenClarksdale, MS
Pledged District 2ObamaWillie GriffinGreenville, MS
Pledged District 2ObamaLavaree JonesJackson, MS
Pledged District 2ClintonKelsey RushingCanton, MS
Pledged District 2ObamaEmma D. SandersJackson, MS
Pledged District 3ObamaIsaac ByrdJackson, MS
Pledged District 3ClintonCharles GriffinJackson, MS
Pledged District 3ClintonElexis GriffinMadison, MS
Pledged District 3ObamaHenderson JonesMadison, MS
Pledged District 3ObamaLisa M. RossMadison, MS
Pledged District 4ObamaLarry C. ColemanEllisville, MS
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Deborah DawkinsPass Christian, MS
Pledged District 4ObamaTanya GrayLaurel, MS
Pledged District 4ClintonJames P. SmithGulfport, MS
Pledged District 4ObamaShuanita W. WhiteLaurel, MS
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Angela CockerhamMagnolia, MS
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. David JordanGreenwood, MS
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Ray MabusRidgeland, MS
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Gloria WilliamsonPhiladelphia, MS
Pledged At-LargeObamaGary AndersonJackson, MS
Pledged At-LargeObamaBarbara BlackmonCanton, MS
Pledged At-LargeClintonCurley H. ClarkPascagoula, MS
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Alice V. HardenJackson, MS
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Omeria ScottLaurel, MS
Pledged At-LargeClintonAyana Smothers-ColeUtica, MS
Pledged At-LargeObamaKathy SykesJackson, MS
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonMerrill NordstromOxford, MS
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaPaul WinfieldVicksburg, MS
Alternate Pledged District 3ObamaPeggy J. Rogers Ph.D.Starkville, MS
Alternate Pledged District 4ObamaReilly MorseGulfport, MS
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaDerrick JohnsonJackson, MS
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonMaggie LoweryJackson, MS
Delegation Chair
 Wayne DowdyJackson, MS
Delegation Vice Chair
 Carnelia Pettis FondrenOxford, MS
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Bennie ThompsonWashington, DC
Unpledged Add-On Hon. Jim HoodBrandon, MS
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Travis ChildersWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Gene TaylorWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Johnnie PattonJackson, MS
Unpledged DNC Member Everett SandersNatchez, MS
Credentials CommitteeObamaMary TroupePearl, MS
Platform CommitteeClintonHon. Willie SimmonsCleveland, MS
Rules CommitteeObamaIrene K. MillerTupelo, MS
Page Irene K. MillerTupelo, MS
Page Aisha SandersNatchez, MS

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


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