The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright New Hampshire Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 8 January 20081
Caucus / National Convention Delegation Meeting: Saturday 26 April 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Clinton, Hillary Rodham112,404  39.09%9.0  30.00% 
Obama, Barack Hussein104,815  36.45%9.0  30.00%30.0 100.00%
Edwards, John Reid48,699  16.94%4.0  13.33% 
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III13,269   4.61%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.3,891   1.35%  
Write-In2,247   0.78%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.638   0.22%  
Gravel, Mike404   0.14%  
Others270   0.09%  
Caligiuri, Richard Edward253   0.09%  
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"205   0.07%  
Capalbo, Kenneth A.108   0.04%  
Hunter, D. R.95   0.03%  
Keefe, William "Bill"51   0.02%  
Laughlin, Tom47   0.02%  
Crow, Randolph W. "Randy"37   0.01%  
Skok, Michael32   0.01%  
Savior, Ole30   0.01%  
Hewes, Henry17   0.01%  
Hughes, William Charles16   0.01%  
Killeen, Caroline P.11   0.00%  
Koos, Tom10   0.00%  
LaMagna, Dal Anthony8   0.00%  
Uncommitted 8.0  26.67% 
Total287,557 100.00%30.0 100.00%30.0 100.00%

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The write-in votes include: McCain: 932; Romney: 611; Ron Paul: 267; Huckabee: 243; Giuliani: 161; Thompson: 15; Duncan Hunter: 8; Marchuk: 5; Keyes: 4; Howard: 1.

Here's 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 Obama, and Edwards 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.


According to the 14 May 2008 article below, 1 Edwards pledged delegate intends to cast his ballot for Obama. Accordingly, we have changed our soft pledged count from Obama 9, Clinton 9, Edwards 4 to Obama 10, Clinton 9, Edwards 3. Our hard count remains Obama 9, Clinton 9, Edwards 4 as originally assigned.

A 14 May 2008 article in (NH Edwards delegate announces he's supporting Obama) says that a New Hampshire Democratic Party delegate, Joshua Denton (26 years old and an Iraq war veteran from Portsmouth) who is pledged to John Edwards has stated that he will vote for Barack Obama at the convention. Mr. Denton is doing so because Edwards has endorsed his former opponent, Obama.

According to the 23 May 2008 article below, 2 Edwards pledged delegates intend to cast their ballots for Obama. Accordingly, we have changed our soft pledged count from Obama 10, Clinton 9, Edwards 3 to Obama 12, Clinton 9, Edwards 1. Our hard count remains Obama 9, Clinton 9, Edwards 4 as originally assigned.

A 23 May 2008 article in (Two New Hampshire Edwards delegates back Obama) says that State Senator Peter Burling, a pledged PLEO delegate, and high school teacher Deborah Bacon-Nelson, a CD 2 delegate, told a media source that they feel that either Senators Obama or Clinton would make a "superb" president. However, they asked themselves "who can win and who could make a better president" and decided to vote for Obama at the national convention.

3 June 2008: The Obama Campaign today announced that all 4 New Hampshire delegates pledged to former Senator John Edwards have committed to vote for Senator Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

Deborah Bacon-Nelson, Hanover
Senator Peter Burling, Cornish
Rep. Sharon Nordgren, Hanover
Joshua Denton, Portsmouth

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 3
27 April 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 3
3 June 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 4



Tuesday 8 January 2008: 22 of 30 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's New Hampshire 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.

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

Saturday 26 April 2008: Caucus / National Convention Delegation Meeting

The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 7 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 2 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 2 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected by open ballot, majority vote, by a committee of district-level delegates).

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

Delegation to the National Convention

New Hampshire Delegation (as posted by, 19 May 2008)

Pledged District62614
Pledged PLEO1113
Pledged At-Large2125
Total Pledged94922
Alternate Pledged District0000
Alternate Pledged PLEO0000
Alternate Pledged At-Large2114
Total Alternates2114
Unpledged   8
Credentials Committee   1
Platform Committee   1
Rules Committee   1
Pages   2
Pledged District 1EdwardsJoshua DentonPortsmouth, NH
Pledged District 1ObamaJoanne DowdellPortsmouth, NH
Pledged District 1ObamaRichard KomiManchester, NH
Pledged District 1ObamaPaul O'ConnorExeter, NH
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Christopher C. PappasManchester, NH
Pledged District 1ClintonEmily WalshManchester, NH
Pledged District 1ClintonRussell WeatherspoonExeter, NH
Pledged District 2ClintonMichael J. AtkinsLyndeborough, NH
Pledged District 2EdwardsDeborah Bacon-NelsonHanover, NH
Pledged District 2ObamaEdgar HelmsConcord, NH
Pledged District 2ObamaAnn M. KusterHopkinton, NH
Pledged District 2ClintonHon. Sylvia B. LarsenConcord, NH
Pledged District 2ClintonHon. Bette R. LaskyNashua, NH
Pledged District 2ObamaCarol F. MooreConcord, NH
Pledged PLEOEdwardsHon. Peter H. BurlingCornish, NH
Pledged PLEOClintonTerie NorelliPortsmouth, NH
Pledged PLEOObamaMary RauhNew Castle, NH
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Lou D'AllesandroManchester, NH
Pledged At-LargeObamaJames M. DemersConcord, NH
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsSharon NordgrenHanover, NH
Pledged At-LargeClintonTerry ShumakerConcord, NH
Pledged At-LargeObamaErin B. ThesingHopkinton, NH
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Jane ClemonsNashua, NH
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaChip MoynihanHampton, NH
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Donna M. SoucyManchester, NH
Alternate Pledged At-LargeEdwardsRob WernerConcord, NH
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Raymond C. BuckleyConcord, NH
Delegation Vice Chair
 Hon. Martha Fuller ClarkPortsmouth, NH
Unpledged Add-On Kathy SullivanManchester, NH
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Paul W. HodesWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Carol Shea PorterWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Gaetan DiGangiMerrimack, NH
Unpledged DNC Member Anita FreedmanPortsmouth, NH
Unpledged Governor Hon. John LynchConcord, NH
Credentials CommitteeClintonHon. Donna M. SoucyManchester, NH
Platform CommitteeObamaPaul TwomeyChichester, NH
Rules CommitteeEdwardsHon. Joseph FosterNashua, NH
Page Margaret HassanExeter, NH
Page Brady ManningManchester, NH

Congressional Districts  

Belknap County:
Alton (town) CD 1
Barnstead (town) CD 1
Belmont (town) CD 1
Center Harbor (town) CD 1
Gilford (town) CD 1
Gilmanton (town) CD 1
Laconia (city) CD 1
Meredith (town) CD 1
New Hampton (town) CD 1
Sanbornton (town) CD 2
Tilton (town) CD 2
entire Carroll County CD1
entire Cheshire County CD 2
entire Coos County CD 2
entire Grafton County CD 2
Hillsborough County:
Amherst (town) CD 2
Antrim (town) CD 2
Bedford (town) CD 1
Bennington (town) CD 2
Brookline (town) CD 2
Deering (town) CD 2
Francestown (town) CD 2
Goffstown (town) CD 1
Greenfield (town) CD 2
Greenville (town) CD 2
Hancock (town) CD 2
Hillsborough (town) CD 2
Hollis (town) CD 2
Hudson (town) CD 2
Litchfield (town) CD 2
Lyndeborough (town) CD 2
Manchester (city) CD 1
Mason (town) CD 2
Merrimack (town) CD 1
Milford (town) CD 2
Mont Vernon (town) CD 2
Nashua (city) CD 2
New Boston (town) CD 2
New Ipswich (town) CD 2
Pelham (town) CD 2
Peterborough (town) CD 2
Sharon (town) CD 2
Temple (town) CD 2
Weare (town) CD 2
Wilton (town) CD 2
Windsor (town) CD 2
Merrimack County:
Allenstown (town) CD 2
Andover (town) CD 2
Boscawen (town) CD 2
Bow (town) CD 2
Bradford (town) CD 2
Canterbury (town) CD 2
Chichester (town) CD 2
Concord (city) CD 2
Danbury (town) CD 2
Dunbarton (town) CD 2
Epsom (town) CD 2
Franklin (city) CD 2
Henniker (town) CD 2
Hill (town) CD 2
Hooksett (town) CD 1
Hopkinton (town) CD 2
Loudon (town) CD 2
Newbury (town) CD 2
New London (town) CD 2
Northfield (town) CD 2
Pembroke (town) CD 2
Pittsfield (town) CD 2
Salisbury (town) CD 2
Sutton (town) CD 2
Warner (town) CD 2
Webster (town) CD 2
Wilmot (town) CD 2
Rockingham County:
Atkinson (town) CD 2
Auburn (town) CD 1
Brentwood (town) CD 1
Candia (town) CD 1
Chester (town) CD 1
Danville (town) CD 1
Deerfield (town) CD 1
Derry (town) CD 1
East Kingston (town) CD 1
Epping (town) CD 1
Exeter (town) CD 1
Fremont (town) CD 1
Greenland (town) CD 1
Hampstead (town) CD 1
Hampton (town) CD 1
Hampton Falls (town) CD 1
Kensington (town) CD 1
Kingston (town) CD 1
Londonderry (town) CD 1
New Castle (town) CD 1
Newfields (town) CD 1
Newington (town) CD 1
Newmarket (town) CD 1
Newton (town) CD 1
North Hampton (town) CD 1
Northwood (town) CD 1
Nottingham (town) CD 1
Plaistow (town) CD 1
Portsmouth (city) CD 1
Raymond (town) CD 1
Rye (town) CD 1
Salem (town) CD 2
Sandown (town) CD 1
Seabrook (town) CD 1
South Hampton (town) CD 1
Stratham (town) CD 1
Windham (town) CD 2
entire Strafford County CD 1
entire Sullivan County CD 1 

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


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