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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Saturday 9 February 20081
Non-binding primary: Tuesday 19 February 2008
Legislative District Caucuses: Saturday 5 April 2008
County Conventions and Legislative District Caucuses: Saturday 19 April 2008
Congressional District Caucuses: Saturday 17 May 2008
State Convention: Friday 13 June - Sunday 15 June 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein21,768  67.56%52.0  53.61% 
Clinton, Hillary Rodham10,038  31.15%26.0  26.80% 
Uncommitted364   1.13%19.0  19.59% 
Others50   0.16%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.   
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"   
Edwards, John Reid   
Gravel, Mike   
Kucinich, Dennis J.   
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III   
(not voting)  97.0 100.00%
Total32,220 100.00%97.0 100.00%97.0 100.00%

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July update: Fifty-one (51) delegates and 9 alternates were elected on May 17th to attend the Democratic National Convention. These individuals constitute the Elections Committee and elected an additional 27 delegates and 4 alternates at the State Convention on Sunday, June 15th (18 delegates and 3 alternates for Obama, 9 delegates and 1 alternate for Clinton, and 2 unpledged delegates.)

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 4, Obama: 1
31 January 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 1
1 February 2008: Clinton: 5, Obama: 2
9 February 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 3
16 February 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 4
8 May 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 5
15 May 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 6
19 May 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 7
29 May 2008: Clinton: 7, Obama: 7
2 June 2008: Clinton: 7, Obama: 8
3 June 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 9
4 June 2008: Clinton: 6, Obama: 11
6 June 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 15

2008 Delegate Section and Affirmative Action Plan


Saturday 9 February 2008: First Tier Precinct Caucuses

Washington holds precinct caucuses, where delegates are chosen to the County Conventions (the County Convention delegates also serve as delegates to the Legislative District caucuses) based on presidential preference as expressed at each caucus that elects such delegates- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation.

After a preliminary tally of presidential support is completed, attendees are given an opportunity to discuss the results. Attendees are then provided a chance to reconsider; and a final tally is taken.

Saturday 9 February 2008 Precinct Caucuses ResultsSource: Washington State Democrats
CD14,2264,07462,8564.20641,2181.7942106  40  6  
CD23,6983,54962,3613.99241,1882.008282  61  6  
CD33,4513,31752,1883.29831,1291.702292  33  9  
CD42,2291,98031,2031.82327771.1771212  32  5  
CD52,9792,60351,7053.27538981.7252346  28  2  
CD63,5923,46962,3274.02541,1421.975251  60  12  
CD76,1975,24993,9256.73071,3242.2702882  59  7  
CD83,9123,79462,5894.09441,2051.906299  17  2  
CD93,2273,05651,9423.17731,1141.8232117  50  4  
PLEO33,51131,0911021,0966.78579,9953.21531,987  380  53  
At-Large33,51131,0911721,09611.535129,9955.46551,987  380  53  
Delegates  78  53  25         

9 February caucus results statewide and by jurisdiction from a party source.

The vote totals above, obtained from the Washington Democratic Party, are the Presidential Preferences of the delegates elected to County Conventions and Legislative District caucuses.

Errata: The party posted a statewide total of Obama: 21,629, Clinton: 9,992, Uncommitted: 363, and Other: 51 delegates elected at the Precinct Level with 96.4% reporting. The party's Caucus Results by Jurisdiction has totals of Obama: 21,768, Clinton: 10,038, Uncommitted: 364, Other: 50 delegates elected. The table above is off by about -672 Obama delegates and about -43 Clinton delegates. In CD 6, the total number of Precinct Delegates should be 3,490 delegates but adds up to 3,592.

Breakdown by Congressional District from a party source as of 10 March 2008. Errata: These results differ from the table above by 1 At-Large National Convention Delegate: Our table above has Obama: 12, Clinton: 5 while the party results below indicate Obama: 11, Clinton: 6.

CD1, Clinton: 2, Obama: 4
CD2, Clinton: 2, Obama: 4
CD3, Clinton: 2, Obama: 3
CD4, Clinton: 1, Obama: 2
CD5, Clinton: 2, Obama: 3
CD6, Clinton: 2, Obama: 4
CD7, Clinton: 2, Obama: 7
CD8, Clinton: 2, Obama: 4
CD9, Clinton: 2, Obama: 3
District subtotal, Clinton: 17, Obama: 34

PLEO and At-Large: Clinton: 9, Obama: 18

Total: Clinton: 26, Obama: 52


Tuesday 19 February 2008: Washington non-binding Primary. Today's primary has no effect on delegate allocation.

Primary Results
Barack Obama354,11251.22%
Hillary Clinton315,74445.67%
John Edwards11,8921.72%
Dennis J. Kucinich4,0210.58%
Bill Richardson2,0400.30%
Joe Biden1,8830.27%
Mike Gravel1,0710.15%
Christopher J. Dodd6180.09%

Saturday 5 April 2008: Second Tier Legislative District Caucuses

The Legislative District Caucuses elect delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention based on presidential preference as expressed at each caucus that elects such delegates- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation.


Saturday 19 April 2008: Second Tier County Conventions and Legislative District Caucuses

County conventions are held at the option of the county central committee or executive board. At the County Convention, platforms are adopted and resolutions are passed on issues of concern to the body.

If the county convention holds Legislative District caucuses to elect delegates to the state convention and congressional district caucuses, those caucuses shall be conducted at sub-caucus meeting, not as part of the general business of the convention.

State Convention and Congressional District delegates are allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate receives during the meetings- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation.

There are three types of counties:

  • Those that are wholly contained within an Legislative District:
    • The entire County Convention chooses State Convention and Congressional District delegates. The County Conventions are held (for various and sundry local Democratic Party purposes) in every County in Washington (except for King County). If the County is wholly within a Legislative District (that is, either is coterminous with an Legislative District or, far more likely, is- in its entirety- only one of many counties that, in whole or in part, make up a given Legislative District), the full County Convention goes ahead and chooses delegates (in which the presidential preferences of the participating delegates plays a role).
  • Those that are split between Legislative Districts which contain parts of other counties
    • Delegates from the several counties within a single Legislative District caucus to choose State Convention and Congressional District delegates. Any County that is split between one or more Legislative Districts, the delegates to that County's Convention from a given Legislative District meet- as an Legislative District Caucus- with delegates to another County's Convention who happen to be from the very same Legislative District and they now choose delegates (in which the presidential preferences of the participating delegates plays a role).
  • Those that are split into Legislative Districts (King County)
    • Delegates to the County Convention from the same Legislative District caucus meet to choose State Convention and Congressional District delegates.
    • The full King County Convention meets for local Democratic Party purposes having nothing whatsoever to do re: choosing State Convention delegates (since the delegates to same will have already done so in their respective Legislative District caucuses).

Saturday 17 May 2008: Third Tier Congressional District Caucuses (final tier for selecting National Convention District Delegates).

  • 51 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the will of the delegates from each of the State's 9 congressional districts at today's meeting. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the congressional district level.
    • CD 1: 6
    • CD 2: 6
    • CD 3: 5
    • CD 4: 3
    • CD 5: 5
    • CD 6: 6
    • CD 7: 9
    • CD 8: 6
    • CD 9: 5

Friday 13 June - Sunday 15 June 2008: State Convention. The delegates to the Election Committee choose the remaining delegates to the National Convention.

27 pledged delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the presidential preferences of the Election Committee as a whole. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the statewide level.

  • 17 at-large National Convention delegates
  • 10 Pledged PLEOs

The remaining 19 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 17 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 8 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 6 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former Speaker of the House Tom Foley).
  • 2 Unpledged "add-on"s (nominated by the State Democratic Chair and selected during the State Convention).

These 19 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Washington Delegation (as posted by, 31 July 2008)

Pledged District173451
Pledged PLEO3710
Pledged At-Large61117
Total Pledged265278
Alternate Pledged District099
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large134
Total Alternates11213
Unpledged  19
Credentials Committee  3
Platform Committee  3
Rules Committee  3
Pages  3
Pledged District 1ClintonThomas F. AhearneBainbridge Island, WA
Pledged District 1ClintonDeanna DawsonEdmonds, WA
Pledged District 1ObamaKendall E. HamiltonEdmonds, WA
Pledged District 1ObamaLuis S. MoscosoMountlake Terrace, WA
Pledged District 1ObamaRonald T. OshimaLynnwood, WA
Pledged District 2ClintonDeb M. CummingsFerndale, WA
Pledged District 2ObamaLarry J. EstradaBellingham, WA
Pledged District 2ObamaNicholas J. Petrish, IIIAnacortes, WA
Pledged District 2ObamaHaeryung ShinPoint Roberts, WA
Pledged District 2ClintonJames M. TrefryEverett, WA
Pledged District 2ObamaLona A. WilburLa Conner, WA
Pledged District 3ClintonPaul J. BerendtOlympia, WA
Pledged District 3ClintonJudy K. GuentherChehalis, WA
Pledged District 3ObamaEffenus HendersonFederal Way, WA
Pledged District 3ObamaDebby K. PattinOlympia, WA
Pledged District 3ObamaMerwin S. SpencerVancouver, WA
Pledged District 3ObamaMonica J. StonierVancouver, WA
Pledged District 4ObamaAaron D. CaseYakima, WA
Pledged District 4ClintonBrad L. TaylorProsser, WA
Pledged District 4ObamaPatricia WhitefootWhite Swan, WA
Pledged District 5ObamaHope M. Busto-KeyesSpokane, WA
Pledged District 5ObamaPatrick K. GunningMonroe, WA
Pledged District 5ObamaEdward A. KingSpokane Valley, WA
Pledged District 5ClintonHon. Cindy L. SchwartzGreenacres, WA
Pledged District 5ClintonMichael WagnerSpokane, WA
Pledged District 6ObamaDean S. AndoTacoma, WA
Pledged District 6ObamaJohn L. FrazierTacoma, WA
Pledged District 6ClintonJulie A. JohnsonNeah Bay, WA
Pledged District 6ObamaVini E. SamuelMontesano, WA
Pledged District 6ObamaMarilyn StricklandTacoma, WA
Pledged District 6ClintonMarvin WellsTacoma, WA
Pledged District 7ObamaMajid Al-BahadliSeattle, WA
Pledged District 7ObamaJessica L. BeckettSeattle, WA
Pledged District 7ObamaNicholas BordnerVashon Island, WA
Pledged District 7ObamaJayron G. FinanSeattle, WA
Pledged District 7ObamaJennifer L. HausemanSeattle, WA
Pledged District 7ObamaHelen P. HowellSeattle, WA
Pledged District 7ClintonDavid T. KunselmanSeattle, WA
Pledged District 7ObamaSuzan G. LeVineSeattle, WA
Pledged District 7ObamaChris L. PorterSeattle, WA
Pledged District 7ClintonElizabeth S. WillmottSeattle, WA
Pledged District 8ClintonMichael J. FinkleSammamish, WA
Pledged District 8ClintonHon. Barbara S. GellerMercer Island, WA
Pledged District 8ObamaRichard E. MitchellMercer Island, WA
Pledged District 8ObamaMichael C. PowellPuyallup, WA
Pledged District 8ObamaSima F. SarrafanBellevue, WA
Pledged District 8ObamaWilletta L. WardMercer Island, WA
Pledged District 9ClintonAnne B. Price-MillsKent, WA
Pledged District 9ClintonZach SmithOlympia, WA
Pledged District 9ObamaSharon V. WinesberrySteilacoom, WA
Pledged District 9ObamaJames J. YeeOlympia, WA
Pledged PLEOClintonShannon De RubensIssaquah, WA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Jeanne Kohl-WellesSeattle, WA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Christopher MarrSpokane, WA
Pledged PLEOClintonLinda MitchellSeattle, WA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Greg NickelsSeattle, WA
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Aaron ReardonEverett, WA
Pledged PLEOObamaKristine ReevesSpokane, WA
Pledged PLEOObamaShanna SawatzkiSeattle, WA
Pledged PLEOObamaSteve StuartVancouver, WA
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Dave UpthegroveDes Moines, WA
Pledged At-LargeClintonCheryl AdamsCashmere, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaSharmin AllenRenton, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaGaurab BansalSeattle, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaKatherine BellToppenish, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaJim CooperOlympia, WA
Pledged At-LargeClintonColton CrawfordMccleary, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Rosa FranklinTacoma, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaAntonia GonzalezSeattle, WA
Pledged At-LargeClintonBob GuentherChehalis, WA
Pledged At-LargeClintonJim KainberOlympia, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaPam KeeleySeattle, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaLori MacklinPort Townsend, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaPeter MasundireSeattle, WA
Pledged At-LargeClintonKimber McCreerySeattle, WA
Pledged At-LargeClintonNadia MorgenKirkland, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaKaren RussellSeattle, WA
Pledged At-LargeObamaDidi SalujaSeattle, WA
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaMarsha ScutvickSnohomish, WA
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaRichard F. MayBlaine, WA
Alternate Pledged District 3ObamaStewart R. HendersonOlympia, WA
Alternate Pledged District 4ObamaJennifer E. EstroffEllensburg, WA
Alternate Pledged District 5ObamaCaitlin OrmsbySpokane, WA
Alternate Pledged District 6ObamaTom L. HilyardTacoma, WA
Alternate Pledged District 7ObamaDavid ValdezSeattle, WA
Alternate Pledged District 8ObamaLorin WalkerPreston, WA
Alternate Pledged District 9ObamaNatalie B. StevensOlympia, WA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaMichelle GonzalezSeattle, WA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonMyriam MarquezStanwood, WA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaMori RothmanMercer Island, WA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaRobert StowersSeattle, WA
Delegation Vice Chair
 Eileen MacollPullman, WA
Delegation Chair
 Dwight PelzSeattle, WA
Unpledged Add-On Victor CollymoreBellevue, WA
Unpledged Add-On Sharon K. SmithSpokane, WA
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Brian BairdWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Norman DicksWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Jay InsleeWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Rick LarsenWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Jim McDermottWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Adam SmithWashington, DC
Unpledged Distinguished Party Leader Hon. Thomas FoleyWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Ed CoteVancouver, WA
Unpledged DNC Member Sharon MastBellevue, WA
Unpledged DNC Member David T. McDonaldSeattle, WA
Unpledged DNC Member Pat NotterWenatchee, WA
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Ron SimsSeattle, WA
Unpledged Governor Hon. Christine GregoireOlympia, WA
Unpledged Senator Hon. Maria CantwellWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Patty MurrayWashington, DC
Credentials CommitteeObamaDavid J. BurmanSeattle, WA
Credentials CommitteeObamaJenny A. DurkanSeattle, WA
Credentials CommitteeClintonPam EakesSeattle, WA
Platform CommitteeObamaMichael GradyMercer Island, WA
Platform CommitteeClintonMarco Xavier HermosilloSequim, WA
Platform CommitteeObamaRuthann KuroseMercer Island, WA
Rules CommitteeObamaDennis L. HeckOlympia, WA
Rules CommitteeObamaBecky LewisBellevue, WA
Rules CommitteeClintonMegan WalshOlympia, WA
Page Jennifer BlackwoodSeattle, WA
Page Laura HicksVashon Island, WA
Page Morgan MarlerBainbridge Island, WA

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


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