The Green Papers
2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Primary (only 1 candidate filed - no primary): Tuesday 24 April 2012 (cancelled)
Representative District Caucuses / Party-run Primary: Tuesday 1 May - Wednesday 30 May 20121
State Convention: Saturday 9 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein 23.0  69.70%33.0 100.00%
Uncommitted 10.0  30.30% 
Total 33.0 100.00%33.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 19 April 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of 14 March 2012.

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


Tuesday 24 April 2012 (cancelled): Primary. "Pursuant to Delaware State Law, if the Delaware Democratic Party submits the name of only one Presidential Candidate, and no other candidates file for the ballot, the state run Presidential Primary shall be cancelled. As of the filing deadline on February 24, 2012, only one candidate had filed for the ballot, therefore Presidential Preference shall be taken at the Representative District Caucuses being held from May 1-30."


Participation in Delaware's delegate selection process is open to all voters who are registered to vote as Democrats.

Tuesday 1 May - Wednesday 30 May 2012: Representative District Caucus meetings / Party-run Presidential Primary. 23 of 33 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Delaware Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the "subdivision" or statewide level.

  • Delaware, having only 1 Congressional District, has chosen to allocate their "District" delegates by City and County: 15 "subdivision level delegates" are pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in four "subdivisions"- 2 of the State's 3 counties, the State's largest city (Wilmington) and those portions of the remaining county outside that city. (as of 14 March 2012:)
    • City of Wilmington: 2
    • New Castle County (except for Wilmington): 8
    • Kent County: 2
    • Sussex County: 3
  • 8 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 5 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 3 Pledged PLEOs

President Obama was the only candidate to file. Ballots were distributed to the attendees. Since write-in votes are not accepted, the vote was 100% Obama.


Saturday 9 June 2012: State Convention in Dover

National Convention Subdivision ("District") level, Pledged PLEO, and At-Large delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.

The remaining 10 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 10 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 3 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 1 Representative).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader: Vice President Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

These 10 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


On 27 July 2011, Governor Jack A. Markell (Democratic) signed SB 89. The bill moves the Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in February to the 4th Tuesday in April and was sponsored by state Senator Michael S. Katz (Democratic) and state Representative Earl G. Jaques, Jr, (Democratic).

Delegation to the National Convention

Delaware Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Robert AgarwalWilmington
Lorraine BadleyMiddletown
Joseph Biden Jr. 
Stephanie T BoldenWillmington
Brooke BovardWilmington
Patrick BurkeBear
John C CarneyNew Castle
Tom CarperWilmington
Christopher Coons 
John D DanielloWilmington
Elizabeth DotyRehoboth Beach
Sean FinniganWilmington
Chip FlowersWilmington
Robert F GilliganWilmington
Christina "Christy" GleasonWilmington
Lisa B GoodmanWilmington
Linda HackettDover
Margaret Rose HenryWilmington
Jane HovingtonGeorgetown
James F Hussey Jr.Wilmington
Alton IrvinMiddletown
Lori A JamesDover
Diane E James-RumphNew Castle
Ted KaufmanWilmington
Karen L Kirkpatrick-ValentineMagnolia
Samuel E LathemBear
Valerie Longhurst 
Jack MarkellWilmington
Elizabeth D MaronWilmington
Delores McLambBear
Mark A MurowanyWilmington
Matt PazolesNewark
Sarah RivinNew Castle
Peter C SchwartzkopfRehoboth Beach
Hanifa ShabazzWilmington
Kristin ShortWilmington
Harriet Smith WindsorLeeves
Norman SpectorBear
Harold E StaffordCamden
Robin WhitakerBear
Tim WillardGeorgetown

Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  State of Delaware Online Constitution, Delaware Code, and Administrative Code
  The Delaware Constitution of 1897 as amended
Election Authority
  Commissioner of Elections for the State of Delaware
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Delaware General Assembly
  Delaware Democratic Party
Media & others
  Cape Gazette - Lewes
  Delaware Coast Press - Salisbury
  Delaware Grapevine
  Delaware State News - Dover
  Delaware Wave - Bethany Beach - Wilmington - New Castle - Georgetown - Delmarva Peninsula
  Dover Post
  Newark Post - Elkton - Delaware
  Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times - Smyrna
  The Daily Times - Salisbury
  The Middletown Transcript
  The Sussex Countian - Georgetown
  Wake Up Delaware
  WBOC TV - CBS, UPN - Salisbury
  WDEL AM - Wilmington
  WDOV AM - FOX - Dover
  WGMD FM - Lewes - Rehoboth
  WILM AM - Wilmington
  WMDT TV - ABC - Salisbury

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


  Election 2012 - Presidential Primary, Caucus, and Convention Home  
  Presidential Candidates  
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  
  States Alphabetically  
  Events Chronologically  
  Major Events Chronologically  
  Democratic "First Determining Step" Chronologically  
  Chronological Cumulative Allocation of Delegates  
  Weekly Delegate Distribution and Availability  
  Democratic Pledged and Unpledged Summary   --   Republican Pledged and Unpledged Summary  
  Democratic Hard and Floor Summary   --   Republican Hard and Floor Summary  
Delegate Allocation
  Democratic Quick Reference   --   Republican Quick Reference  
  Democratic Detailed Delegate Allocation   --   Republican Detailed Delegate Allocation  
  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