The Green Papers
2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright District of Columbia Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 April 20121
State Party Committee: Thursday 3 May 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein56,503  96.23%22.0  48.89%45.0 100.00%
Uncommitted1,100   1.87%23.0  51.11% 
Under votes725   1.23%  
Write-in386   0.66%  
Total58,714 100.00%45.0 100.00%45.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 31 March 2012 per the One-Page Summary of the DC 2012 Plan.

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 10% pledged delegate bonus for starting in Stage II (April).

3 April 2012 returns from the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics.
Results from AP.


Participation in the District of Columbia's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Voters are permitted register on election day and declare their Party preference on their Voter Registration Card which is a public record.

Tuesday 3 April 2012: 22 of 45 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's District of Columbia Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the municipal or district wide level.

  • 14 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the District's 2 municipal districts (each consisting of 4 of the city's 8 wards).
    • municipal district 1 (Wards 1, 2, 6, 8): 7
    • municipal district 2 (Wards 3, 4, 5, 7): 7
  • In addition, 8 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the district wide primary vote.
    • 5 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 3 Pledged PLEOs

National Convention District delegates are slated at a 3 March 2012 pre-primary caucus and are selected by the D.C. Democratic State Party Committee beginning with the highest vote-getting presidential preference.

3 April 2012 Primary
MD1 (wards 1,2,6,8)22,37221,749721,7497.0007455  
MD2 (wards 3,4,5,7)35,61734,754734,7547.0007645  
Delegates  22  22   
Source: DC Board of Elections and Ethics

Delegates: Hon. Marion Barry, James Berry, Anita Bonds, James Bubar, Sheila Bunn, Gregory Cendana, Mary Cuthbert, David Donaldson, Ronnie Edwards, Irma Esparza, Hon. Jack Evans, Hon. Vincent Gray, Renee J. Johnson, Tim Lim, Estell Lloyd, Mark Long, Denise Lopez, David Meadows, Susan Meehan, Hon. Phil Mendelson, L. Jeanette Mobley, Kim Morton, Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Amiee Occhetti, Hon. Vincent Orange, Lillian Perdomo, Betty Pierce, Denise Reed, Jeffrey Richardson, Mary Terrell, Romaine Thomas, Brandon Todd, Christine Warnke, Joslyn Williams, Lateefah Williams

Thursday 3 May 2012: State Party Committee.

National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected by the State Party Committee according to the results of the Primary.

The remaining 23 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 23 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 19 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 3 Members of Congress (1 nonvoting Delegate to the House of Representatives plus 2 so-called "shadow Senators" [the Democratic Party traditionally supports Statehood for the District of Columbia; in addition this number reflects the Electoral Vote of D.C. which has always gone to the Democrats in Presidential Elections]).
    • 1 "Governor" (actually, the Mayor of DC).
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 23 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


On 27 April 2011, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray signed B19-90 which was introduced by Councilmember Mary M. Cheh on 1 February 2011. The bill moves the Presidential Primary from "the 2nd Tuesday in January" to the 1st Tuesday in April and moves the regular primary from the "1st Tuesday after the 2nd Monday in September" to the 1st Tuesday in April. The next regular partisan and Presidential primaries will be held concurrently on 3 April 2012.

Delegation to the National Convention

District of Columbia Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Marion BarryWashington
Lezli BaskervilleWashington
Anita Bellamy SheltonWashington
Jeff BermanWashington
James Berry Jr.Washington
Anita BondsWashington
Donna BrazileWashington
Michael D BrownWashington
James S BubarWashington
Sheila E BunnWashington
Anna BurgerWashington
Gregory CendanaWashington
Larry CohenWashington
Art CollinsWashington
Mary J CuthbertWashington
David DonaldsonWashington
Ronnie EdwardsWashington
Irma EsparazaWashington
Jack EvansWashington
Jeff ForbesWashington
Earl D Fowlkes Jr.Washington
Vincent C GrayWashington
Keith HarperBethesda
Janice Haynes DavisWashington
Eleanor Holmes NortonWashington
Harold IckesWashington
Renee J JohnsonWashington
Sunita LeedsWashington
Tim LimWashington
Mark H LongWashington
Denise LopezWashington
Estell Mathis LloydWashington
David L MeadowsWashington
Susan MeehanWashington
Phil MendelsonWashington
L. Jeannette MobleyWashington
Minyon MooreWashington
Kimberly R MortonWashington
Matthew NugenWashington
Aimee OcchettiWashington
Vincent B OrangeWashington
Shaunda Patterson-StrachanWashington
Lillian PerdomoWashington
Elizabeth PierceWashington
Denise L ReedWashington
Steve RegenstreifWashington
Jeffrey RichardsonWashington
James SaltWashington
Lee SaundersWashington
Stephanie SchriockAlexandria
Paul E StraussWashington
Mary TerrellWashington
Romaine B ThomasWashington
Brandon T ToddWashington
Rick WadeWashington
Christine M WarnkeWashington
Joslyn N WilliamsWashington
Lateefah WilliamsWashington
James ZogbyWashington

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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  
  20 August 2010 - Democratic National Committee approves 2012 Call To Convention and Delegate Selection Rules  
  6 August 2010 - Republican Temporary Delegate Selection Committee'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