The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Tennessee Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 5 February 20081
State Executive Committee: Saturday 15 March 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Clinton, Hillary Rodham336,245  53.82%40.0  47.06% 
Obama, Barack Hussein252,874  40.48%28.0  32.94% 
Edwards, John Reid27,820   4.45%  
Uncommitted3,158   0.51%17.0  20.00% 
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.1,531   0.25%  
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III1,178   0.19%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.971   0.16%  
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"526   0.08%  
Gravel, Mike461   0.07%  
(not voting)  85.0 100.00%
Total624,764 100.00%85.0 100.00%85.0 100.00%

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Tuesday 5 February 2008

68 of 85 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Tennessee Presidential Primary: 44 delegates allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 9 congressional districts; 24 delegates allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide. 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.


Certified 5 February 2008 statewide vote from an official source.

Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on analysis provided by Evan Birnholz):

  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.


Official delegate tally from a party source.

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 1, Edwards: 1, Obama: 2
31 January 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 2
9 February 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 3
16 February 2008: Clinton: 4, Obama: 4
26 April 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 4
14 May 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 4
4 June 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 7
18 June 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 8


Tuesday 5 February 2008: 68 of 85 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Tennessee 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.

  • 44 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 9 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 4
    • CD 2: 4
    • CD 3: 4
    • CD 4: 5
    • CD 5: 6
    • CD 6: 5
    • CD 7: 5
    • CD 8: 5
    • CD 9: 6
  • In addition, 24 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 15 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 9 Pledged PLEOs

Other February 2008 Events: 9 February - County Conventions, 23 February - District Conventions.


Saturday 15 March 2008: State Executive Committee. Due to inclement weather, the Executive Committee Meeting is postponed from 8 March to 15 March 2008.

The remaining 17 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 15 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 8 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 5 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 5 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former Vice President Albert "Al" Gore, Jr.).
  • 2 Unpledged "add-on"s (selected by the State Executive Committee).

These 17 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Tennessee Delegation (as posted by, 11 August 2008)

Pledged District261844
Pledged PLEO549
Pledged At-Large9615
Total Pledged402868
Alternate Pledged District527
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large224
Total Alternates7411
Unpledged  17
Credentials Committee  3
Platform Committee  3
Rules Committee  4
Pages  2
Pledged District 1ClintonSonja FoxJohnson City, TN
Pledged District 1ObamaMary HowellPiney Flats, TN
Pledged District 1ClintonBruce ShineKingsport, TN
Pledged District 2ClintonCody GoodmanEngelwood, TN
Pledged District 2ObamaGloria JohnsonKnoxville, TN
Pledged District 2ObamaAli NegahbanKnoxville, TN
Pledged District 2ClintonBrenda PalmerKnoxville, TN
Pledged District 2ClintonHarold WoodsKnoxville, TN
Pledged District 3ClintonPatricia BranhamChattanooga, TN
Pledged District 3ObamaLinda PatrickCleveland, TN
Pledged District 3ClintonRicky StarnesCleveland, TN
Pledged District 3ObamaJustin WilkinsSignal Mountain, TN
Pledged District 4ClintonBrenda AblesFayetteville, TN
Pledged District 4ClintonRobert CollierMcMinnville, TN
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Dennis FergusonHarriman, TN
Pledged District 4ObamaGeorge MitchellColumbia, TN
Pledged District 4ClintonTabitha SmithLancing, TN
Pledged District 5ClintonJames BuckleyAntioch, TN
Pledged District 5ObamaZoyle JonesNashville, TN
Pledged District 5ObamaGerald MartinNashville, TN
Pledged District 5ObamaMarilyn RobinsonNashville, TN
Pledged District 5ClintonAlma SanfordAntioch, TN
Pledged District 5ClintonMartha WettemannPleasant View, TN
Pledged District 6ObamaKristen M. CullenSmyrna, TN
Pledged District 6ClintonDavid HarperHartsville, TN
Pledged District 6ClintonMichelle HaynesGallatin, TN
Pledged District 6ClintonEdward RhodesMurfreesboro, TN
Pledged District 6ClintonJune TrotterSmyrna, TN
Pledged District 7ClintonBarbara BrownClarksville, TN
Pledged District 7ObamaMargaret FaillFranklin, TN
Pledged District 7ObamaKeith NormanMemphis, TN
Pledged District 7ClintonRandall RiceWhiteville, TN
Pledged District 7ClintonPaul SimpsonSelmer, TN
Pledged District 8ObamaRobert DavieCovington, TN
Pledged District 8ClintonAnthony LandRipley, TN
Pledged District 8ObamaWilliam RadfordHuntingdon, TN
Pledged District 8ClintonBetsy ReidBrownsville, TN
Pledged District 8ClintonAnn StrongAlamo, TN
Pledged District 9ObamaLexie CarterMemphis, TN
Pledged District 9ObamaCherry DavisMemphis, TN
Pledged District 9ClintonRuth DavisMemphis, TN
Pledged District 9ObamaEddie S. Jones, Jr.Memphis, TN
Pledged District 9ObamaCharles ParkinsonMemphis, TN
Pledged District 9ClintonRudi Scheidt, Jr.Memphis, TN
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Joe ArmstrongKnoxville, TN
Pledged PLEOClintonGale J. CarsonMemphis, TN
Pledged PLEOClintonSydney ChismMemphis, TN
Pledged PLEOObamaJoAnne FavorsChattanooga, TN
Pledged PLEOObamaChip ForresterNashville, TN
Pledged PLEOObamaJanis FulliloveMemphis, TN
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Thelma HarperWhites Creek, TN
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Ned McWherterDresden, TN
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Jimmy NaifehCovington, TN
Pledged At-LargeClintonTammy BradfordJackson, TN
Pledged At-LargeClintonAngelia CannonGoodlettsville, TN
Pledged At-LargeObamaElizabeth CrewsChattanooga, TN
Pledged At-LargeObamaValerie DaughertyNashville, TN
Pledged At-LargeObamaSaletta HollowayNashville, TN
Pledged At-LargeClintonHenry HooperMemphis, TN
Pledged At-LargeObamaCharline KilpatrickChattanooga, TN
Pledged At-LargeClintonDaniel LawsonMaryville, TN
Pledged At-LargeClintonLaTina MercerJackson, TN
Pledged At-LargeClintonKathy MullinsMorristown, TN
Pledged At-LargeClintonMarisa RichmondNashville, TN
Pledged At-LargeObamaJennifer UnderwoodPulaski, TN
Pledged At-LargeClintonDavid UptonMemphis, TN
Pledged At-LargeObamaJennifer WallaceNashville, TN
Pledged At-LargeClintonSylvia WoodsKnoxville, TN
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonLarry MullinsMorristown, TN
Alternate Pledged District 4ClintonMarion SprinkleFayetteville, TN
Alternate Pledged District 5ObamaAinka SandersNashville, TN
Alternate Pledged District 6ClintonLane DixonMurfreesboro, TN
Alternate Pledged District 7ClintonAdrienne Pakis-GillonGermantown, TN
Alternate Pledged District 8ClintonJack CunninghamMilan, TN
Alternate Pledged District 9ObamaHazel LongstreetMemphis, TN
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaDavid GarrisonNashville, TN
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonMary Jean HallCovington, TN
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaSara KruszkaCookeville, TN
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. Randy RinksPickwick Dam, TN
Delegation Vice Chair
 Elisa ParkerFranklin, TN
Delegation Chair
 Gray SasserNashville, TN
Unpledged Add-On Vicky HarwellPulaski, TN
Unpledged Add-On Lindsay LeeFairview, TN
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Stephen CohenWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Jim CooperWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Lincoln DavisWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Bart GordonMurfreesboro, TN
Unpledged Congressman Hon. John TannerArlington, VA
Unpledged Distinguished Party Leader Hon. Albert Gore, Jr.Nashville, TN
Unpledged DNC Member Will CheekNashville, TN
Unpledged DNC Member Inez CrutchfieldNashville, TN
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Lois M. DeBerryNashville, TN
Unpledged DNC Member Jimmie FarrisMemphis, TN
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Myron LoweryMemphis, TN
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. William OwenKnoxville, TN
Unpledged Governor
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Phil BredesenNashville, TN
Credentials CommitteeObamaJerry L. MaynardNashville, TN
Credentials CommitteeClintonHon. Thomas MooreDresden, TN
Credentials CommitteeClintonMartha PerryPegram, TN
Platform CommitteeClintonBetty FraleyWinchester, TN
Platform CommitteeObamaDesiree FranklinMemphis, TN
Platform CommitteeClintonJustin WallingSpencer, TN
Rules Committee Roy NeelNashville, TN
Rules CommitteeClintonMolly O'NealFranklin, TN
Rules CommitteeObamaBrant PhillipsNashville, TN
Rules CommitteeClintonJeff YarbroNashville, TN
Page Emily BryanMontgomery, AL
Page Richard LodgeNashville, TN

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