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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 13 March 20121
State Democratic Executive Committee Meeting: Saturday 14 April 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein241,167  84.09%55.0  79.71%69.0 100.00%
Uncommitted45,613  15.91%14.0  20.29% 
Total286,780 100.00%69.0 100.00%69.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 18 February 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of 21 October 2011.

13 March 2012 Primary results from the Alabama Secretary of State.


This is an open primary. Voters may request a Democratic or Republican ballot, but not both.

Tuesday 13 March 2012: 63 of 69 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Alabama 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.

  • 41 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 7 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 5
    • CD 2: 6
    • CD 3: 6
    • CD 4: 4
    • CD 5: 6
    • CD 6: 5
    • CD 7: 9
  • In addition, 22 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 14 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 8 Pledged PLEOs

Congressional District Delegate candidates appear on the ballot under each Presidential candidate's name and under Uncommitted. Voters will vote for a Presidential candidate and not more than four female and not more than four male delegate candidates committed to that candidate.

Here's 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 meet the threshold.
  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 March 2012 PrimarySource: Alabama Secretary of State
Certified: 22 March 2012
Delegates  63  55  8

Saturday 14 April 2012: State Democratic Executive Committee Meeting.

National Convention district delegates are selected according to the results of the primary. The delegation is balanced by gender-- half male, half female. If a Presidential candidate failed to slate a sufficient number of delegate candidates, the State Party will conduct an election from among the candidate's supporters to fill said slots.

The State Democratic Executive Committee selects National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates according to the results of the primary.

The remaining 6 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 6 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 1 Member of Congress (0 Senators and 1 Representative).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 6 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


On 1 March 2011, Representative Steve Clouse (Republican) and others sponsored HB 32. This bill would move the presidential preference primary from the 1st Tuesday in February to the 1st Tuesday in June. The Presidential and partisan primary would then be held concurrently on 5 June 2012.

On 9 June 2011, Governor Robert J. "Bob" Bentley (Republican) signed HB 425 (introduced 31 March 2011 by Representative Steve Clouse [Republican]). In Presidential election years, the law moves the Presidential preference primary (previously on the 1st Tuesday in February) and the regular partisan primary (previously on the 1st Tuesday in June) to the 2nd Tuesday in March. In non-Presidential election years, the regular partisan primary is held, as it was before, on the 1st Tuesday in June.

Delegation to the National Convention

Alabama Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Jarralynne AgeeBirmingham
James H AndersonMontgomery
Robert AveryGadsden
Jessica "Lauren" BanksBirmingham
Ella B BellMontgomery
Barbara B BoydAnniston
Napoleon Bracy Jr.Prichard
Valvier "Val" H BrightMontgomery
Susan C BrownHampton Cove
Lucy Anne BuffettPoint Clear
Janet Y BuskeyMontgomery
James E BuskeyMobile
Ray CampbellTown Creek
William "Bill" ClarkWhistler
Merika ColemanMidfield
Clinton "Clint" DaughtreyMontgomery
Tyna D DavisMontgomery
Warren DavisMontgomery
Vivan Davis FiguresMobile
Grover DunnBessemer
Priscilla DunnBessemer
Patricia "Pat" G EdingtonMobile
James E Folsom IIICullman
Marsha G FolsomCullman
Johnny FordTuskegee
Ron GatlinLester
Fred Gray Jr.Tuskegee
Jerome GreenPell City
Laura V HallHuntsville
Carolyn Harris DavisHoover
Robert "Bob" HarrisonHuntsville
William "Bill" HartinWetumpka
George HearringHartselle
Earl Hilliard Jr.Birmingham
Alvin A HolmesMontgomery
Barbara A HowardTuskegee Institute
Randi "Ashley" JacksonMontgomery
Mary JohnsonCitronelle
Doug JonesBirmingham
Earl C JonesDotham
Gloria JonesDotham
Pat "Patsy" JonesOpelika
Unzell KelleyKellton
Randy B KelleyGadsden
Yvonne KennedyMobile
H. Mark KennedyMontgomery
Amy King BurksDecatur
Tammy Knight FlemingMontgomery
Sandra Little BrownBirmingham
Darby LuxenbergMobile
Florence Mangum CauthenMontgomery
Rebecca MarionAlexander City
Janet MayMontgomery
Charles E McDonaldAthens
Yvette McPherson-RichardsonFairfield
Julian McPhillipsMontgomery
Peggy MobleyAndalusia
Dale Moore BryantSelma
Carolyn ParkerGadsden
Steven ReedMontgomery
Joe M ReedMontgomery
Joe L ReedMontgomery
Freddy RubioBirmingham
Hank SandersSelma
Nancy G SewellSelma
Terri SewellBirmingham
Eddie C SherrodHuntsville
Bobby SingletonGreensboro
Darryl SinkfieldMontgomery
Rex W SlateBirmingham
Teresa SmileyHayden
Shelia SmootBirmingham
Ron SparksMontgomery
Jim SpearmanSulligent
Dorothy J StricklandOpelika
Trent ThompsonJemison
Patricia ToddBirmingham
Fergus TuohyBirmingham
Darrell TurnerHeflin
Barbara TurnerMonroeville
Albert F TurnerMarion
Pam WallaceAthens
Robert "Bob" T WilsonJasper
Nancy WorleyNew Hope
Ralph YoungBirmingham

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


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  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
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  Dates of PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES re: selection and/or allocation/distribution of Delegates to Major Party National Conventions  
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