The Green Papers
2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Arkansas Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 22 May 20121
Special State Convention: Saturday 16 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein94,936  58.37%28.0  50.91%55.0 100.00%
Wolfe, John, Jr.67,711  41.63%19.0  34.55% 
Uncommitted 8.0  14.55% 
Total162,647 100.00%55.0 100.00%55.0 100.00%

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

Starting on Tuesday 20 March 2012, a 15% pledged delegate bonus is awarded when clusters of 3 or more neighboring states begin on the same date.

The state received a 20% pledged delegate bonus for starting in Stage III (May and June).

22 May 2012 Primary returns from an offiical source.


Participation in Arkansas's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats.

Tuesday 22 May 2012: 47 of 55 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Arkansas 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.

  • 31 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 4 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 8
    • CD 2: 8
    • CD 3: 7
    • CD 4: 8
  • In addition, 16 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 11 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 5 Pledged PLEOs
Tuesday 22 May 2012 PrimarySource: Arkansas Secretary of State
Certified 1 June 2012
Delegates  47  28  19

17 May 2012 update: Arkansas Democratic Party spokesman Candace Martin indicated that Mr. Wolfe is non-compliant with Arkansas's Delegate Selection Plan and will not be awarded delegates. We have changed our soft count to reflect 47 pledged delegates for Obama. However, we will retain the hard count as the delegates were mathematically allocated by the primary.


Saturday 16 June 2012: Special State Convention in Little Rock.

District, Pledged PLEO, and At-Large National Convention delegates are elected at the Convention according to the Presidential Preferences expressed at the Primary.

The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 8 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 2 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 1 Representative).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 8 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Arkansas Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Charles Yancey AlisonFayetteville
Drew AstonCammach Village
Maria Baez de HicksFayetteville
Jay BarthLittle Rock
Clementine BassPine Bluff
Donald BeaversNorth Little Rock
Mike BeebeLittle Rock
Dawne Benafield VandiverLittle Rock
Thomas William "Will" BondLittle Rock
Diane BryantFarmington
Christopher Wesley BurksEl Dorado
Ann Burton PortisLittle Rock
Wanda Bynum AshleyLittle Rock
Sheila S CastinLittle Rock
Charles F CervantesLittle Rock
Tyler ClarkFayetteville
Kenneth CrossEarle
Jack CrumblyWidener
Dianne CurryLittle Rock
Don DaviesGurdon
Gloria E DupreeHot Springs
Kedrin EdgersonJonesboro
Joyce ElliotLittle Rock
Bob EstesLittle Rock
Anna FarrisArkadelphia
Karen GarciaHot Springs
Jorge GarciaHot Springs
Emily HaneyLittle Rock
Juanita Houston PruittWynne
Richard HutchinsonLittle Rock
Janet Johnson-HendersonLittle Rock
D'Andre JonesFayetteville
Steven B JonesWest Memphis
Chris MasingillLittle Rock
Dustin McDanielLittle Rock
Eric McDanielLittle Rock
Thurman MetcalfRogers
HL MoodyLittle Rock
Barbara MoodySalem
Norma NewmanHot Springs
Jan PaschalTuckerman
Glenda M PattersonFayetteville
J.P. PetersFayetteville
Gary PhillipsBlytheville
Mark PryorLittle Rock
Carl A RedusPine Bluff
Weldon B RobertsParagould
Tommy G RoebuckArkadelphia
Mike RossWashington
Berta L SeitzFayetteville
Lottie ShackelfordLittle Rock
Jason Christopher SmedleyLittle Rock
Benton SmithJonesboro
Darrell StephensLittle Rock
Kasey SummervilleArkadelphia
Sarah ThomasMaumelle
Krystal ThrailkillMena
Ozaree TwillieForrest City
Lynette VinsonLittle Rock
Virginia WaldonFort Smith
Jean WallaceLittle Rock
Ernestine WeaverForrest City
Kathy WebbLittle Rock
Jessica Xan DeLoachLittle Rock

Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  The Constitution of the State of Arkansas of 1874
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  Arkansas Secretary of State Presents: Vote Naturally | Accurate, Accessible. For Arkansas
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  Lynch at Large
  Magnolia Reporter - Magnolia - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Fayetteville - Arkansas
  Talk Business River Rock Communications
  The Arkansas Project
  The Baxter Bulletin - Mountain Home
  The Jonesboro Sun
  The Leader - Jacksonville
  The Morning News - Springdale - Rogers - Bentonville - Fayetteville
  The Sentinel-Record - Hot Springs
  The Times Dispatch - Lawrence County
  The Times Record - Fort Smith - Log Cabin Democrat of Conway

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


  Election 2012 - Presidential Primary, Caucus, and Convention Home  
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Rule Making and Process
  30 December 2009 - Democratic Change Commission's Recommendations for the 2012 Presidential Nominating Process  
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  Democratic Pledged and Unpledged Summary   --   Republican Pledged and Unpledged Summary  
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Delegate Allocation
  Democratic Quick Reference   --   Republican Quick Reference  
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  Democratic Delegate Selection and Voter Eligibility   --   Republican Delegate Selection and Voter Eligibility  
  Primaries at a Glance  
  Historical Analysis of the Presidential Nominating Process  
  Historical Analysis of the apportionment of delegate votes at the National Conventions of the two major parties  
  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
  Statutory Election Information of the Several states / Presidential Primary  
  Dates of PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES re: selection and/or allocation/distribution of Delegates to Major Party National Conventions  
  Major Third Party (Constitution, Green, Libertarian) Presidential Nomination Process  
  Straw Polls