The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Virginia Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 12 February 20081
State Convention: Saturday 14 June 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein627,820  63.66%54.0  53.47% 
Clinton, Hillary Rodham349,766  35.47%29.0  28.71% 
Edwards, John Reid5,206   0.53%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.1,625   0.16%  
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III991   0.10%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.795   0.08%  
Uncommitted 18.0  17.82% 
(not voting)  101.0 100.00%
Total986,203 100.00%101.0 100.00%101.0 100.00%

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Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on certified returns from an official source as of 27 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  83  54  29

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 5, Edwards: 1, Obama: 3
31 January 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 3
12 February 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 4
24 February 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 4
29 February 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 4
7 May 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 5
9 May 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 6
2 June 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 7
3 June 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 8
6 June 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 10
18 June 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 11


Tuesday 12 February 2008: 83 of 101 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Virginia 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.

  • 54 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 11 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 4
    • CD 2: 4
    • CD 3: 6
    • CD 4: 5
    • CD 5: 4
    • CD 6: 4
    • CD 7: 5
    • CD 8: 7
    • CD 9: 4
    • CD 10: 5
    • CD 11: 6
  • In addition, 29 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary results statewide.
    • 18 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 11 Pledged PLEOs

The results of the Tuesday 12 February 2008 primary are also used to allocate 2,000 district delegates elected at county and city caucuses held on 19 and 21 April 2008. The 2,000 district delegates attend the congressional district conventions and the State Convention. National Convention District Level delegates are selected during the Saturday 10, 17, and 24 May District Conventions according to the results of the Primary.

All delegates shall in good conscience reflect the sentiments of the presidential candidate to whom they are pledged in that candidate’s caucus on the first ballot at the district convention and again at the State Convention.

District and State Convention delegates who do not form a candidate caucus that that reaches a 15% threshold at the district or state level may join another candidate caucus and pledge to that candidate. After joining another candidate caucus, however, the delegates shall remain committed to that candidate throughout the process.


Saturday 14 June 2008: The Virginia State Democratic Convention convenes. The State Convention chooses the at-large and pledged PLEO delegates who will attend the Democratic National Convention based on presidential preference as determined by the Primary. The remaining 18 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 16 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 10 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 4 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 3 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former DNC Chairman Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe).
  • 2 Unpledged "add-on"s (elected at the State Convention).

These 18 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Virginia Delegation (as posted by, 5 August 2008)

Pledged District193554
Pledged PLEO4711
Pledged At-Large61218
Total Pledged295483
Alternate Pledged District11011
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large123
Total Alternates21214
Unpledged  18
Credentials Committee  8
Platform Committee  7
Rules Committee  5
Pages  3
Pledged District 1ClintonCarlos Del ToroStafford, VA
Pledged District 1ObamaHon. Mamie E. LockeHampton, VA
Pledged District 1ObamaRebecca Jaramillo McCulloughNokesville, VA
Pledged District 1ObamaHon. John C. MillerNewport News, VA
Pledged District 2ObamaGeorgia AllenVirginia Beach, VA
Pledged District 2ObamaUlysses HowardVirgina Beach, VA
Pledged District 2ClintonDominic MelitoVirginia Beach, VA
Pledged District 2ObamaLouisa StrayhornVirginia Beach, VA
Pledged District 3ObamaKenneth AlexanderNorfolk, VA
Pledged District 3ObamaLinda BrooksNewport News, VA
Pledged District 3ObamaRandy KlearNorfolk, VA
Pledged District 3ClintonCarol SummerlynPortsmouth, VA
Pledged District 3ObamaSteven VanVooheeRichmond, VA
Pledged District 3ObamaJeion WardHampton, VA
Pledged District 4ObamaArthur BredemeyerSuffolk, VA
Pledged District 4ObamaWillie BrownChesapeake, VA
Pledged District 4ObamaRosalyn DanccePetersburg, VA
Pledged District 4ClintonDavid E. MidkiffChesapeake, VA
Pledged District 4ObamaElla WardChesapeake, VA
Pledged District 5ObamaPenny BlueUnion Hall, VA
Pledged District 5ObamaFred HudsonFree Union, VA
Pledged District 5ClintonMichael MayesVinton, VA
Pledged District 5ObamaKristin SzakosCharlottesville, VA
Pledged District 6ObamaJoseph O. Hancock, Jr.Roanoke, VA
Pledged District 6ClintonThomas MallVinton, VA
Pledged District 6ObamaAnn TrinkleRoanoke, VA
Pledged District 6ClintonLinda WyattRoanoke, VA
Pledged District 7ClintonChristie Ann BieberRichmond, VA
Pledged District 7ObamaMarjorie ClarkRichmond, VA
Pledged District 7ClintonDavid KovacsRichmond, VA
Pledged District 7ObamaHon. A. Donald McEachinRichmond, VA
Pledged District 7ObamaJane C. Van OsternRichmond, VA
Pledged District 8ClintonAllida BlackArlington, VA
Pledged District 8ObamaRobert H. BrinkArlington, VA
Pledged District 8ObamaAda Cristina ChiappeFalls Church, VA
Pledged District 8ObamaBridgit DonnellyArlington, VA
Pledged District 8ObamaCharles Keith LutmanAlexandria, VA
Pledged District 8ClintonHazel RigbyAlexandria, VA
Pledged District 8ClintonPaul S. SmedbergAlexandria, VA
Pledged District 9ClintonElizabeth ChitwoodPulaski, VA
Pledged District 9ObamaSteven CochranBlacksburg, VA
Pledged District 9ClintonRex McCartyGate City, VA
Pledged District 9ClintonMelanie B. SalyerBig Stone Gap, VA
Pledged District 10ObamaMary Lee CerilloCentreville, VA
Pledged District 10ClintonJohn FlanneryLovettsville, VA
Pledged District 10ObamaBernard HillAshburn, VA
Pledged District 10ObamaJuan PerezLeesburg, VA
Pledged District 10ClintonEula TateCentreville, VA
Pledged District 11ObamaChristopher AmbroseLorton, VA
Pledged District 11ClintonSuchada LangleyVienna, VA
Pledged District 11ObamaDawn LawsonSpringfield, VA
Pledged District 11ClintonBruce NeilsonFairfax, VA
Pledged District 11ObamaKeith ScarboroughWoodbridge, VA
Pledged District 11ObamaShannon SullivanBurke, VA
Pledged PLEOObamaPixie BellAlexandria, VA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. William EuilleAlexandria, VA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Franklin HallRichmond, VA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Dwight JonesRichmond, VA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Louise LucasPortsmouth, VA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Henry MarshRichmond, VA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Yvonne MillerNorfolk, VA
Pledged PLEOClintonRachel RifkindAnnandale, VA
Pledged PLEOClintonSusan RowlandChesapeake, VA
Pledged PLEOClintonBecca SlutzkyCharlottesville, VA
Pledged PLEOClintonJames TurpinArlington, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaJulie AgarwalArlington, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaAbbi EasterRichmond, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaMark FedericiFairfax, VA
Pledged At-LargeClintonCharisse GlassmanFalls Church, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaMark GoodwinGlen Allen, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaMargo HornerArlington, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaRobert H. Hovis, IIIOakton, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaGaylene KanoytonHampton, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaMark KeamVienna, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaAmy LaMarcaFredericksburg, VA
Pledged At-LargeClintonIrma MitchellNorth Tazewell, VA
Pledged At-LargeClintonDan MoldoverSterling, VA
Pledged At-LargeClintonVenkat MurthyArlington, VA
Pledged At-LargeClintonVivian J. PaigeNorfolk, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaJhana PorterStafford, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaJudy RasmussenIvy, VA
Pledged At-LargeObamaChrisi WestAlexandria, VA
Pledged At-LargeClintonWalter Wise, Jr.Oakton, VA
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaGeorge E. WallaceHampton, VA
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaLawrence GrossmanVirginia Beach, VA
Alternate Pledged District 3ObamaDietra TrentRichmond, VA
Alternate Pledged District 4ObamaRoslyn TylerJarratt, VA
Alternate Pledged District 5ObamaLacy WardProspect, VA
Alternate Pledged District 6ObamaBarbara LeeStauton, VA
Alternate Pledged District 7ObamaJames H. UnderwoodMidlothian, VA
Alternate Pledged District 8ObamaEvan DayArlington, VA
Alternate Pledged District 9ClintonHon. Terry C. FryeBristol, VA
Alternate Pledged District 10ObamaKristin CabralMcLean, VA
Alternate Pledged District 11ObamaElizabeth GriffithBurke, VA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaAnthony L. BurfootNorfolk, VA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaGrindly JohnsonChesapeake, VA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonAlison UmbergerArlington, VA
Delegation Chair
 C. Richard CranwellRichmond, VA
Delegation Vice Chair
 Hon. Jennifer L. McClellanRichmond, VA
Unpledged Add-On Pam ArmstrongMartinsville, VA
Unpledged Add-On Renee GrishamNorth Garden, VA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Rick BoucherAbingdon, VA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. James MoranAlexandria, VA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Robert "Bobby" ScottWashington, DC
Unpledged Distinguished Party Leader Terence R. McAuliffeMcLean, VA
Unpledged DNC Member Barbara EasterlingAlexandria, VA
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Alexis HermanWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Joe JohnsonChantilly, VA
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Tim KaineRichmond, VA
Unpledged DNC Member Jim LeamanRichmond, VA
Unpledged DNC Member Mame ReileyAlexandria, VA
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Lionell Spruill, Sr.Chesapeake, VA
Unpledged DNC Member Susan SweckerRichmond, VA
Unpledged DNC Member Jerome Wiley SegoviaFalls Church, VA
Unpledged Senator Hon. Jim WebbWashington, DC
Credentials Committee Hon. Don BeyerAlexandria, VA
Credentials Committee Allyn Brooks-LaSureArlington, VA
Credentials Committee Scotty GreenwoodWashington, DC
Credentials Committee Hon. Alexis HermanWashington, DC
Credentials CommitteeClintonLawrence ScanlonAlexandria, VA
Credentials CommitteeObamaShannon ValentineLynchburg, VA
Credentials CommitteeObamaRuth Anne WalkerRichmond, VA
Credentials CommitteeObamaKevin WolfArlington, VA
Platform CommitteeClintonSandra BrandtVirginia Beach, VA
Platform Committee Ingrid DuranFalls Church, VA
Platform CommitteeObamaJay FisetteArlington, VA
Platform Committee Voncille HinesArlington, VA
Platform Committee Nancy KeenanWashington, DC
Platform CommitteeObamaEJ ScottManassas, VA
Platform CommitteeObamaKevin VincentArlington, VA
Rules CommitteeClintonLinda Canan StephensBurke, VA
Rules CommitteeObamaMarcia CarlynLeesburg, VA
Rules Committee Sheila JohnsonMiddleburg, VA
Rules CommitteeClintonGary KendallFree Union, VA
Rules CommitteeObamaMark SicklesKingstowne, VA
Page Keyanna ConnerRichmond, VA
Page Alan DiamonsteinNewport News, VA
Page Kenton NgoSpringfield, VA

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