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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright West Virginia Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 13 May 20081
State Convention & Executive Committee: Friday 13 June - Saturday 14 June 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Clinton, Hillary Rodham240,890  66.93%20.0  51.28% 
Obama, Barack Hussein92,736  25.77%8.0  20.51% 
Edwards, John Reid26,284   7.30%  
Uncommitted 11.0  28.21% 
(not voting)  39.0 100.00%
Total359,910 100.00%39.0 100.00%39.0 100.00%

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Tuesday 13 May 2008 Statewide primary results from an Official source.

Here is how we compute the delegate count:

  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.
  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.
Tuesday 13 May 2008 Primary
Preliminary Returns as of 11:00 AM EDT 14 May 2008
100% of the counties reporting
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State
Delegates  28  20  8

Unpledged delegates as of
16 February 2008: Clinton: 1
24 February 2008: Clinton: 2
29 February 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 1
8 March 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 2
22 March 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 2
19 May 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 3
29 May 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 4
6 June 2008: Clinton: 3, Obama: 6



Having begun their first determining step in Stage III in 2008 (Tuesday 13 May 2008), West Virginia receives a 10% Bonus in district and at-large delegate votes (+1 district and +1 at-large).

Tuesday 13 May 2008: 28 of 39 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's West 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.

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

Friday 13 June - Saturday 14 June 2008: The West Virginia State Convention / State Executive Committee meets.

The remaining 11 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 10 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 4 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 2 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (Former Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd).
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected by the State Democratic Executive Committee).

These 11 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

West Virginia Delegation (as posted by, 11 August 2008)

Pledged District13518
Pledged PLEO213
Pledged At-Large527
Total Pledged20828
Alternate Pledged District213
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large112
Total Alternates325
Unpledged  11
Credentials Committee  1
Platform Committee  1
Rules Committee  1
Pages  2
Pledged District 1ClintonWalt AuvilParkersburg, WV
Pledged District 1ClintonMarjorie BurkeSand Fork, WV
Pledged District 1ClintonJean GrapesParkersburg, WV
Pledged District 1ObamaHon. John B. HunterMorgantown, WV
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Timothy MileyBridgeport, WV
Pledged District 1ObamaCaprice RobertsMorgantown, WV
Pledged District 2ClintonKaren CoriaHurricane, WV
Pledged District 2ClintonJames HumphreysCharleston, WV
Pledged District 2ObamaPearline ReardonHarpers Ferry, WV
Pledged District 2ObamaStephen G. SkinnerCharles Town, WV
Pledged District 2ClintonNatalie TennantCharleston, WV
Pledged District 2ClintonHon. Erik WellsCharleston, WV
Pledged District 3ObamaBetty CleckleyHuntington, WV
Pledged District 3ClintonMary P. ComptonUnion, WV
Pledged District 3ClintonCorley DennisonHuntington, WV
Pledged District 3ClintonHon. Marshall LongPrinceton, WV
Pledged District 3ClintonAudrey LoveOak Hill, WV
Pledged District 3ClintonHon. Shirley LoveOak Hill, WV
Pledged PLEOClintonElaine HarrisCharleston, WV
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Jeffrey KesslerGlen Dale, WV
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Charlene MarshallMorgantown, WV
Pledged At-LargeClintonEllen CapellantiCharleston, WV
Pledged At-LargeClintonDeborah CarperCharleston, WV
Pledged At-LargeClintonOshel CragioWinfield, WV
Pledged At-LargeObamaSue HanshawHuntington, WV
Pledged At-LargeClintonDusty PerdueFairmont, WV
Pledged At-LargeClintonTrudy PuccioFairmont, WV
Pledged At-LargeObamaCecil RobertsFairfax, VA
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonS. Scott SearsFairmont, WV
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaMeshea PooreCharleston, WV
Alternate Pledged District 3ClintonHon. Cleo MathewsHinton, WV
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaThomas S. KingCharleston, WV
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonShelby LearyBlacksville, WV
Delegation Vice Chair
 Belinda BiaforeFairmont, WV
Delegation Chair
 Jr. CaseyCharleston, WV
DNC Secretary
 Alice GermondWashington, DC
Unpledged Add-On Pete CuffaroWheeling, WV
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Alan MollohanWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Nick RahallBeckley, WV
Unpledged Distinguished Party Leader Hon. Robert C. ByrdWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Joe Manchin, IIICharleston, WV
Unpledged DNC Member Pat MaroneyCharleston, WV
Unpledged DNC Member Marie L. PreziosoCharleston, WV
Unpledged Senator Hon. John D. RockefellerWashington, DC
Credentials CommitteeClintonSteve WhiteCharleston, WV
Platform CommitteeClintonHon. Barbara HatfieldCharleston, WV
Rules CommitteeObamaGregory HoyerSouth Charleston, WV
Page Travis MollohanCharleston, WV
Page Sara Payne-ScarbroHuntington, WV

Congressional Districts  

West Virginia has 55 counties and 3 congressional districts: all 55 counties are wholly within a given congressional district and no county is divided among more than one congressional district.

  • CD 1: Barbour, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Wetzel and Wood.
  • CD 2: Berkeley, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Hampshire, Hardy, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Mason, Morgan, Pendleton, Putnam, Randolph, Roane, Upshur and Wirt.
  • CD 3: Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Webster and Wyoming.

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


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