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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Primary (only 1 candidate - no primary will be held): Tuesday 24 April 20121
State Convention: Saturday 12 May 2012
Congressional District Caucuses: Wednesday 30 May 2012
District Level Delegation Meeting: Wednesday 6 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein 73.0  82.95%88.0 100.00%
Uncommitted 15.0  17.05% 
Total 88.0 100.00%88.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 1 June 2011 per the Draft 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of May 2011.

Starting on Tuesday 20 March 2012, a 15% pledged delegate bonus is awarded when clusters of 3 or more neighboring states (Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island) begin on the same date (24 April 2012).

The state received a 10% pledged delegate bonus for starting in Stage II (April).


Since only one candidate, President Obama, met the criteria to be listed on the ballot, there will be no primary. President Obama will receive all 73 pledged delegates.

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

Tuesday 24 April 2012: 73 of 88 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Connecticut 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.

  • 49 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 5 congressional districts. (the numbers below are from 4 February 2012)
    • CD 1: 10
    • CD 2: 9
    • CD 3: 10
    • CD 4: 10
    • CD 5: 10
  • In addition, 24 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 16 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 8 Pledged PLEOs

Saturday 12 May 2012: State Convention.


Wednesday 30 May 2012: Congressional District Caucuses.

National Convention Pledged District-Level Dele­gates are elected according to the results of the primary.


Wednesday 6 June 2012: District Level Delegation Meeting

National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected, by a committee of National Convention District-level delegates, according to the results of the primary.

The remaining 15 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 15 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 6 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 5 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997, is a Distinguished Party leader.)
    • Senator Joe Lieberman is NOT a Democratic unpledged PLEO. In 2006 Senator Lieberman ran for the U.S. Senate under the banner of "Connecticut For Lieberman" and defeated the Democratic Party's nominee.

These 15 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


On 8 July 2011, Governor Dannel P. "Dan" Malloy (Democratic) signed HB 6532. The bill moves the state's Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in February to the last Tuesday in April.

Delegation to the National Convention

Connecticut Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Martha M AasenWestport
Anthony V AvalloneNew Haven
Dominic F Balletto Jr.Guilford
Susan P BarrettFairfield
Christine Bartlett-JosieNew Haven
Donna BecotteStorrs
Shirley BlackNew Britain
Audrey BlondinLitchfield
Richard Blumenthal 
Beverley BrakemanWest Hartford
Matthew BrokmanNew Haven
Rodney A ButlerN. Stonington
Vinh CamGreenwich
Ellen Camhi 
Leo CantyWindsor
Martha CarlsonGuilford
Peter CarozzaWaterbury
Jayuan CarterNew Haven
Kevin J ChickHartford
Susan D CoccoDarien
Marilyn CohenOrange
Joseph CourtneyVernon
Riju DasFarmington
Thomas DelWilton
Rosa L DeLauroNew Haven
Victor M DiazWaterbury
Nancy J DiNardoTrumbull
Christopher J Dodd 
Allison L DodgeMiddlefield
Daniel T DrewMiddletown
Fran EddingsMadison
Steven ElbaumTrumbull
Dianne EppingerDanbury
Theodore FengNew Fairfield
Stephen R Ferrucci IIIMiddlebury
Bill FinchBridgeport
Mae FlexerDanielson
Michelle GilmanColchester
Dorothy GumanBridgeport
Elizabeth HayesHamden
Shiela HayesNorwich
William F Henderson IIINiantic
Ernest HewettNew London
James A HimesFairfield
Nia HolstonSicklerville
McKenzie HydeColchester
Michelle H JamesDanbury
Jennifer JustWoodbridge
Donna I KingNorwalk
Julie KushnerDanbury
Yvette M LarrieuBranford
John B LarsonHartford
Charles T LeeGreenwich
Kevin LemboGuilford
Matthew LesserMiddletown
Martin M LooneyNew Haven
Salvatore LucianoWatertown
Dannel P MalloyHartford
Michael MandellWest Hartford
Tessa MarquisMilford
Thomas C McCarthyBridgeport
Jose Melara 
Denise MerrillHartford
Hershellar MerrittStamford
Patricia Billie MillerStamford
Susan A MochWeston
Anna MontalvoNaugatuck
Dorothy A MrowkaColchester
Christopher S Murphy 
Denise L NappierHartford
Paul NunezNew Haven
John W OlsenClinton
Patricia A PanicciaMonroe
Lori PelletierMiddletown
Althea Candy PerezWinsted
Kristan Peters-HamlinWestport
Joyce PettewayWaterbury
Chris PittsCanterbury
Marilyn Piurek 
Arielle Reich 
Carmen J ReyesNew Haven
Barbaus ReynoldsWeston
Adam SalinaBerlin
Matt SalnerWest Hartford
Pedro SegarraHartford
Atul ShahWaterford
J. Brendan SharkeyHamden
Moh SharmaSouth Windsor
Arvind ShawEastford
Thomas J ShieldsNewington
R. Scott SlifkaWest Hartford
Walt SpaderNorth Haven
Shirley SteinmetzWethersfield
Mario TestaBridgeport
Peter ThorNorwalk
Mildred Torres-FergusonMeriden
Paul WallaceNew Haven
Shannon WegeleWest Hartford
Gerald WeinerWoodbridge
Philip A WheelerMiddle Haddam
Loretta WilliamsBridgeport
Donald E WilliamsBrooklyn
Kerrry WoodBridgeport
Shawn WoodenHartford

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


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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