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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Montana Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 June 20081
State Convention: Sunday 8 June 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein103,174  56.56%9.0  36.00%18.0  72.00%
Clinton, Hillary Rodham74,889  41.05%7.0  28.00%7.0  28.00%
Uncommitted4,358   2.39%9.0  36.00% 
Total182,421 100.00%25.0 100.00%25.0 100.00%

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2007 Montana Legislature HOUSE BILL NO. 797 This bill would amend Section 13-10-401, MCA to read "a presidential preference primary election must be held in either February or March on a date selected by the secretary of state. The secretary of state shall select the date for the election no later than September 15 in the year prior to the election". The bill was tabled by the Montana Senate State Administration Committee on 11 April 2007 and appears to be dead.

The Montana Legislature ended its 2007 Legislative Session 27 April 2007 without changing the date of the primary. There are no prospects of HB 797 being revived in special session.


Unpledged delegates as of
16 February 2008: Obama: 1
5 April 2008: Obama: 2
12 April 2008: Obama: 3
3 June 2008: Obama: 8


Having begun their first determining step in Stage III in 2008 (Tuesday 3 June 2008), Montana receives a 10% Bonus in district and at-large delegate votes (+0 district and +1 at-large). Total delegate votes changed from 23 to 24.

Tuesday 3 June 2008: 16 of 25 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Montana 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 allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the results of the primary. For the purposes of electing delegates, Montana's single congressional district is divided into an Eastern-District and a Western District with each district choosing 5 delegates.
    • The Western district consists of Montana's "old 1980 CD 1" (when Montana had 2 Congressional districts). The region includes: Beaverhead, Broadwater, Silver Bow, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Gallatin, Glacier, Granite, Jefferson, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Madison, Mineral, Missoula, Park, Powell, Ravalli, and Sanders counties.
    • The Eastern district consists of Montana's "old 1980 CD 2" (when Montana had 2 Congressional districts). The region includes: Big Horn, Blaine, Carbon, Carter, Cascade, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Hill, Judith Basin, Liberty, McCone, Meagher, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Wibaux, and Yellowstone counties.
  • In addition, 6 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 4 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 2 Pledged PLEOs

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 3 June 2008 Official Primary ResultsSource: Secretary of State Primary Canvas
Delegates  16  9  7

Sunday 8 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 (2 Senators and 0 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected during the State Convention).

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

Delegation to the National Convention

Montana Delegation (as posted by, 18 July 2008)

Pledged District04610
Pledged PLEO1012
Pledged At-Large0224
Total Pledged16916
Alternate Pledged District0123
Alternate Pledged PLEO0000
Alternate Pledged At-Large0011
Total Alternates0134
Unpledged   9
Credentials Committee   2
Platform Committee   1
Rules Committee   1
Pages   2
Pledged District 1ClintonNancy D. AndersonGreat Falls, MT
Pledged District 1ClintonCarl J. DonovonGreat Falls, MT
Pledged District 1ObamaRaphael J. GraybillGreat Falls, MT
Pledged District 1ClintonScott A. MartinMissoula, MT
Pledged District 1ObamaLaura A. McGeeGreat Falls, MT
Pledged District 1ObamaHon. Michele K. ReinhartMissoula, MT
Pledged District 1ObamaRyan C. RuscheWolf Point, MT
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Diane SandsMissoula, MT
Pledged District 1ObamaJason R. SmithPablo, MT
Pledged District 1ObamaKristin A. TaylorBozeman, MT
Pledged PLEOObamaJoan Vetter EhrenbergWhitefish, MT
Pledged PLEO
Delegation Chair
(unknown)Hon. Carol A. WilliamsMissoula, MT
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Kathleen A. DriscollHamilton, MT
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Julie E. FrenchScobey, MT
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Kim J. GillanBillings, MT
Pledged At-LargeObamaAnthony F. JacksonBozeman, MT
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaHon. Larry JentBozeman, MT
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonHon. JP PomnichowskiBozeman, MT
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaChristina M. QuijanoRed Lodge, MT
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaJorge A. QuintanaHelena, MT
Delegation Vice Chair
 Hon. Margarett CampbellPoplar, MT
Delegation Chair
 Dennis McDonaldHelena, MT
Unpledged Add-On Anna Whiting SorrellRonan, MT
Unpledged DNC Member Jean Lemire DahlmanForsyth, MT
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. John MelcherMissoula, MT
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Ed TinsleyHelena, MT
Unpledged Governor Hon. Brian D. SchweitzerHelena, MT
Unpledged Senator Hon. Max BaucusWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Jon TesterWashington, DC
Credentials Committee Hon. Carol JuneauBrowning, MT
Credentials CommitteeObamaEd A. SmithHelena, MT
Platform CommitteeClintonJohn J. MuddMissoula, MT
Rules CommitteeObamaKristin A. TaylorBozeman, MT
Page Kevin P. O'BrienHelena, MT
Page Sara PyferHelena, MT

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


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