The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucus: Saturday 9 February 20081
Advisory Primary: Tuesday 13 May 2008
County Conventions: Sunday 1 June - Tuesday 10 June 2008
State Convention: Friday 20 June - Sunday 22 June 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein25,986  67.53%16.0  51.61%28.0  90.32%
Clinton, Hillary Rodham12,396  32.21%8.0  25.81%3.0   9.68%
Uncommitted99   0.26%7.0  22.58% 
Edwards, John Reid   
Total38,481 100.00%31.0 100.00%31.0 100.00%

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Tuesday 13 May 2008 Advisory DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: Barack Obama wins; NOTE: National Convention delegates are being pledged via a Caucus/Convention procedure that began with local Caucuses back on 9 February

NEBRASKA PRIMARY returns from an official source

Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on preliminary caucus results from a party source as of 10 February 2008):

  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  24  16  8      

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Edwards: 1, Obama: 1
31 January 2008: Obama: 1
9 February 2008: Obama: 3
12 February 2008: Obama: 4
19 April 2008: Obama: 5
26 April 2008: Obama: 6



Participation in Nebraska's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. "Democrats" are those persons of legal voting age who are registered in Nebraska as Democrats or who register as Democrats at the Precinct Caucus.

Saturday 9 February 2008: Precinct Caucus.

16 of 31 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Nebraska caucus. Delegates will vote their Presidential preference when they choose delegates to the county conventions. 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.

  • 16 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the caucus results in each of the State's 3 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 6
    • CD 2: 6
    • CD 3: 4

Tuesday 13 May 2008: Advisory State Run Primary. The results of today's primary have no affect on the delegate selection process. Hillary Clinton, Mike Gravel, and Barack Obama are on the Democratic Ballot.


Sunday 1 June - Tuesday 10 June 2008: County Conventions. County Conventions choose the county's delegates to the Nebraska State Democratic Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated State Democratic Convention delegates.


Friday 20 June - Sunday 22 June 2008: The Nebraska State Democratic Convention convenes. The State Convention chooses 8 of the Nebraska's Pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the statewide level.

8 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based the support for the presidential contenders in the State Convention as a whole.

  • 5 at-large National Convention delegates
  • 3 Pledged PLEOs

The remaining 7 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 6 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 1 Member of Congress (1 Senator and 0 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected by the State Convention).

These 7 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Nebraska Delegation (as posted by, 5 August 2008)

Pledged District51116
Pledged PLEO123
Pledged At-Large235
Total Pledged81624
Alternate Pledged District033
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large101
Total Alternates134
Unpledged  7
Credentials Committee  1
Platform Committee  1
Rules Committee  1
Pages  2
Pledged District 1ObamaJanet Goodman-BanksLincoln, NE
Pledged District 1ClintonBritt MillerLincoln, NE
Pledged District 1ObamaJoseph D. NigroLincoln, NE
Pledged District 1ObamaLisa OlivaresLincoln, NE
Pledged District 1ClintonJane RaybouldLincoln, NE
Pledged District 2ObamaLorraine ChangOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2ObamaBrenda CouncilOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2ObamaRon L. KaminskiOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2ObamaShelisa R. MinnifieldOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2ClintonJudy MonaghanOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2ObamaLoyd E. NeveOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2ObamaTerry WernerLincoln, NE
Pledged District 3ObamaD.A. Logan Dobbs-CambridgeHastings, NE
Pledged District 3ClintonJoy PhilippiBruning, NE
Pledged District 3ClintonJeremiah QuintinKearney, NE
Pledged District 3ObamaJudy VohlandGrand Island, NE
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Chris BeutlerLincoln, NE
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Mike FaheyOmaha, NE
Pledged PLEOClintonLisa HannahGrand Island, NE
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Steve LathropOmaha, NE
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Amanda McGillLincoln, NE
Pledged At-LargeClintonRobin QuarlesOmaha, NE
Pledged At-LargeObamaKim RobakLincoln, NE
Pledged At-LargeClintonMartha R. RossOmaha, NE
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaGenelle M. MooreLincoln, NE
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaJeremiah NordquistOmaha, NE
Alternate Pledged District 3ObamaMichele UzendoskiColumbus, NE
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonEric AspengrenLincoln, NE
Delegation Chair
 Steven AchelpohlLincoln, NE
Delegation Vice Chair
 Audra OstergardLincoln, NE
Unpledged Add-On Ken E. MassOmaha, NE
Unpledged DNC Member Kathleen FaheyOmaha, NE
Unpledged DNC Member Frank LaMereSouth Sioux City, NE
Unpledged DNC Member Vince PowersLincoln, NE
Unpledged Senator Hon. Ben NelsonLincoln, NE
Credentials CommitteeObamaJenn MikkelsenLincoln, NE
Platform CommitteeObamaHon. Tom WhiteOmaha, NE
Rules CommitteeObamaM. Ian RussellLincoln, NE
Page C. Lanny MunsonOmaha, NE
Page Jessica RathbunOmaha, NE

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


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