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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Rhode Island Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 4 March 20081
State Executive Committee: Thursday 19 June 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Clinton, Hillary Rodham108,949  58.37%13.0  39.39% 
Obama, Barack Hussein75,316  40.35%8.0  24.24% 
Edwards, John Reid1,133   0.61%  
Uncommitted1,041   0.56%12.0  36.36% 
Write-In218   0.12%  
(not voting)  33.0 100.00%
Total186,657 100.00%33.0 100.00%33.0 100.00%

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Rhode Island Delegate Selection Plan for the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Certified returns of the 4 March 2008 Primary from an official source.

Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on certified returns of the 4 March 2008 Primary 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, Obama: 1
12 February 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 2
20 February 2008: Clinton: 8, Obama: 2
6 June 2008: Clinton: 8, Obama: 3


Tuesday 4 March 2008: 21 of 33 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Rhode Island 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.

  • 13 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: 6
    • 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

Thursday 19 June 2008: Rhode Island State Committee meeting

The remaining 12 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 11 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 4 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 2 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected by the State Committee).

These 12 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Rhode Island Delegation (as posted by, 11 August 2008)

Pledged District08513
Pledged PLEO1203
Pledged At-Large0325
Total Pledged113721
Alternate Pledged District0213
Alternate Pledged PLEO0000
Alternate Pledged At-Large0101
Total Alternates0314
Unpledged   12
Credentials Committee   1
Platform Committee   1
Rules Committee   1
Pages   2
Pledged District 1ObamaKimberly AhernBristol, RI
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Richard LichtProvidence, RI
Pledged District 1ObamaJohn LynchRumford, RI
Pledged District 1ClintonJennifer PaolinoProvidence, RI
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Joe Paolino, Jr.Providence, RI
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Myrth YorkProvidence, RI
Pledged District 2ClintonHon. David A. CaprioNarragansett, RI
Pledged District 2ClintonPatricia FlanaganEast Greenwich, RI
Pledged District 2ObamaHon. Charlie FogartyChepachet, RI
Pledged District 2ObamaJill HarringtonCranston, RI
Pledged District 2ObamaHon. James O'NeilNarragansett, RI
Pledged District 2ClintonL. Susan WeinerEast Greenwich, RI
Pledged District 2ClintonMark S. WeinerWest Greenwich, RI
Pledged PLEO
Delegation Chair
(unknown)Hon. William J. MurphyPawtucket, RI
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. M. Teresa Paiva-WeedPawtucket, RI
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Elizabeth RobertsPawtucket, RI
Pledged At-LargeClintonMaureen MartinSouth Kingston, RI
Pledged At-LargeClintonElizabeth NoonanPawtucket, RI
Pledged At-LargeObamaElizabeth PerikEast Greenwich, RI
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Rhoda E. PerryProvidence, RI
Pledged At-LargeObamaMartha RosenbergCranston, RI
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonDeborah L. RuggieroJamestown, RI
Alternate Pledged District 2ClintonLauren NoceraProvidence, RI
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaWalter StoneProvidence, RI
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Joseph A. MontalbanoNorth Providence, RI
Delegation Vice Chair
 Hon. Grace DiazProvidence, RI
Delegation Chair
 William J. LynchPawtucket, RI
Unpledged Add-On Jill PadwaProvidence, RI
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Patrick J. KennedyWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Jim LangevinWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. David CicillineProvidence, RI
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Patrick LynchProvidence, RI
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Frank MontanaroCranston, RI
Unpledged DNC Member Edna O'Neill MattsonNorth Kingstown, RI
Unpledged DNC Member Mark S. WeinerCranston, RI
Unpledged Senator Hon. Jack ReedWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Sheldon WhitehouseWashington, DC
Credentials CommitteeClintonHon. Juan PichardoProvidence, RI
Platform CommitteeClintonHon. Gordon FoxProvidence, RI
Rules CommitteeObamaHon. Anastasia P. WilliamsProvidence, RI
Page Susann DelRosaRumford, RI
Page Louis YipProvidence, RI

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


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