|The Green Papers|
2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Caucus: Tuesday 3 January 20121
County Conventions: Saturday 10 March 2012
District Conventions: Saturday 28 April 2012
State Convention: Saturday 16 June 2012
Delegate Selection: Caucus/Convention
Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus
Voter Participation: Party members
65 total delegate votes - 35 district / 12 at large; 7 Pledged PLEOs; 11 Unpledged PLEOs
The delegate selection processes herein was updated 2 January 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of November 2011.
Iowa can schedule its first tier caucuses on Monday 6 February 2012. [Reference: 2012 Delegate Selection Rules for the Democratic National Convention: Rule 11.A.]
Tuesday 3 January 2012: Democratic Party Caucuses meet in each precinct at 6:30 PM CST. The caucus begins at 7p. Each Precinct Caucus chooses the precinct's delegates to County Conventions based on presidential preference (which, despite the media circus that quadrennially surrounds this event, is all that will be actually decided at these Iowa caucuses!).
NOTE: Estimates will, of course, be made by media outlets as well as by the campaigns of the presidential contenders themselves as to how many of Iowa's 65 National Convention delegates each presidential contender is likely to be ultimately be receiving as a result of the Iowa caucuses but, of course, since no National Convention delegates are actually being chosen by these caucuses, all such estimates will almost certainly, come the State Convention in June, be wrong!!
Example. 57 people attend a caucus electing 3 delegates. The viability is 1/6th of 57 = 9.5 rounded which is 10. Say 29 people support candidate A, 19 support candidate B, and 9 support candidate C. Candidates A and B are viable since they have support of 10 or more of the attendees. Because candidate C did not receive the support of 10 attendees, those supporting candidate C must realign to another candidate. At this point, the attendees realign themselves so 34 support candidate A and 23 support candidate B.
The caucus will next choose the precinct's delegates to the Democratic Convention of the County in which the precinct is located (which is all, despite all the media hoopla, that will be actually decided at the Iowa caucuses!) who will be allocated in proportion to the percentage of the support each "viable" presidential contender received in the second round of balloting at the precinct caucus as of the time of its adjournment. (Estimates will, of course, be made by media outlets as well as the contenders themselves as to how many of Iowa's 65 National Convention delegates each contender will ultimately be receiving but, of course, since NO National Convention delegates are actually being chosen by these caucuses, all such estimates will almost certainly, in the end, be WRONG!!!)."
Continuing the example from above: For Candidate A: 3 (total precinct delegates) × 34 (supporters) ÷ 57 (total attendees) = 1.789 which rounds to 2 precinct delegates. Candidate B receives 3 × 23 ÷ 57 = 1.211 which rounds to 1 precinct delegate. Note: Due to rounding, the sum of precinct delegates may exceed the total number of precinct delegates allocated to the caucus. If this happens, round down the candidate with the smallest fraction. Candidates receiving 1 precinct delegate are not subject to this rule, that is, candidates cannot loose their only precinct delegate during this adjustment.
3 January 2012: "Statement from IDP Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky on tonight's Iowa Democratic Caucuses: Tonight's caucus successfully brought our supporters together, and we’re overwhelmed that more than 25,000 Iowans turned out to talk about the President's record .... We not only saw how excited Iowans are to support President Obama, but to also work for his reelection."
Based on the above statement, we are assigning all pledged delegates to President Obama.
President Obama received 98.46% of the delegates to the County Conventions while Other received 1.54%. 97.18% of the precincts reporting. Reference: Iowa Democratic Party
Here's how we estimate the delegate count on 3 January 2012 (Based on the number of delegates elected to the County Conventions at the Precinct Conventions. Note that zero national convention delegates are allocated during the Precinct Conventions - national convention delegates are first elected in April.):
Saturday 10 March 2012: Democratic Party County Conventions convene in each county. Each County Convention chooses the county's delegates to both Congressional District Conventions and the Iowa State Convention based on presidential preference. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be viable. Delegates assigned to a non-viable candidate will realign themselves to another candidate. Delegates are not required to align with the presidential preference that elected them at the caucuses.
Saturday 28 April 2012: Democratic Party District Conventions convene in each congressional district to choose the district's delegates to the Democratic National Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the district level.
The National Convention District Delegates are elected at the District Conventions.
Therefore, the very first time Democratic National Convention delegates from Iowa will be pledged to presidential contenders officially will be at these Saturday 28 April 2012 District Conventions!!
Saturday 16 June 2012: The Iowa State Democratic Convention convenes. The State Convention chooses 19 of the Iowa's Pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the statewide level.
19 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based the support for the presidential contenders in the State Convention as a whole.
The Pledged PLEO and At-Large National Convention Delegates are elected at the State Convention.
The remaining 11 National Convention delegates consist of
These 11 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
Only as of Saturday 16 June 2012 will ALL of Iowa's 65 Democratic National Convention delegates have been allocated: the estimates made re: delegate allocation as a result of the Iowa caucuses will likely not match the presidential preferences and pledges of the National Convention delegates as actually chosen because it is rather probable that the field of Democratic presidential contenders on Saturday 16 June 2012 will very well be quite different from the way that same field looked at the time the Iowa Precinct Caucuses had taken place way back in January!
Media reports indicate 588 delegates attended the convention.
On 20 October 2011, the State Central Committee of the Iowa Democratic Party unanimously voted to hold their 2012 Presidential Caucuses on 3 January 2012 at 7:00 pm local time. This is the same day as the Iowa Republican Caucuses. The previous date for the Democratic Caucuses was 6 February 2012.
|Delegation to the National Convention|
Iowa Delegation (as posted at http://www.democrats.org/2012-convention-delegate-list, 20 August 2012)
|Evan D Anderson||Cedar Rapids|
|Jan M Bauer||Ames|
|Marrita T Blough||Davenport|
|Andrew P Bock||Ames|
|Kimberley K Boggus||Des Moines|
|Leonard Boswell||Des Moines|
|Alice C Boyd||Des Moines|
|Bruce L Braley||Waterloo|
|William Brauch||Des Moines|
|Scott M Brennan||Des Moines|
|Sheilia L Burrage||Davenport|
|Emma Lee Byrd||Waterloo|
|Bob M Carr||Dubuque|
|Frank Cownie||Des Moines|
|Catherine Deshaies Crist||Cedar Rapids|
|Chet Culver||Des Moines|
|Robert E Dvorsky||Coralville|
|Susan M Dvorsky||Coralville|
|Mike Lee Fitzgerald||Waukee|
|Dean A Genth||Mason City|
|Amanda A Glaser||New Hampton|
|Michael E Gronstal||Council Bluffs|
|Ann K Guhin||Bettendorf|
|LaNore L Guillory||Clinton|
|Steven R Haecker||Davenport|
|Jon E Heitland||Iowa Falls|
|Donny Homan||Windsor Heights|
|John R Ivens||Dewitt|
|Patty Judge||West Des Moines|
|Michael J Kiernan||Des Moines|
|Riley J Kilburg||Bellevue|
|Linda Langston||Cedar Rapids|
|John M Lester||Davenport|
|Dave Loebsack||Iowa City|
|Mary Lee Madison||West Des Moines|
|Quiana M McKenzie||Ames|
|Tom Miller||Des Moines|
|Andrea M Nemecek||Cedar Rapids|
|Michael T Newell||Urbandale|
|Tyler Olson||Cedar Rapids|
|Sandy Opstvedt||Stony City|
|Robert L Parks||West Des Moines|
|Sally Pederson||Des Moines|
|Chris C Petersen||Clear Lake|
|James Peterson||Des Moines|
|Roy C Porterfield||Cedar Rapids|
|Sara L Riley||Cedar Rapids|
|Patricia E Ritchie||Westside|
|Andrea M Rivera||Des Moines|
|Dennis M Roseman||Iowa City|
|Jen L Rowray||Newhall|
|Margreet J Ryan||Dubuque|
|Harley A Schieffer||Altoona|
|Robin L Schwartz||Ames|
|Lila P.M Starr||Clive|
|Sharon S Steckman||Mason City|
|Alan L Steckman||Mason City|
|Jorge Valencia||W. Des Moines|
|Tammy Wawro||Des Moines|
|Kim A Weaver||Sheldon|
|Susan E Webster||Des Moines|
|Peggy Whitworth||Cedar Rapids|
|Jamie P Woods||Davenport|
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Constitution of the State of Iowa|
|• Iowa Secretary of State|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Iowa Legislature|
|• Iowa Democratic Party|
|• Iowa House Democrats|
|• Iowa Senate Democrats|
|Media & others|
|• Blog for Iowa|
|• Dubuque Telegraph Herald|
|• Fort Madison Daily Democrat|
|• Globe Gazette - Mason City|
|• Iowa City Press-Citizen|
|• Iowa Farmer Today|
|• Iowa Public Television - Johnston|
|• Iowa Starting Line|
|• Kalona News|
|• KCAU TV - ABC - Sioux City|
|• KCRG TV - ABC - Cedar Rapids - Iowa City - Dubuque|
|• KDSM TV - FOX - Des Moines|
|• KLJB TV - Fox - Davenport|
|• KMEG TV - CBS - Sioux City|
|• Politics1.com - Iowa|
|• Quad-Cities - Dispatch/Argus/Leader - Moline - Rock Island - Davenport|
|• Quad-City Times|
|• Radio Iowa|
|• Sioux City Journal|
|• The Bloomfield Democrat|
|• The Daily Nonpareil - Council Bluffs|
|• The Des Moines Register|
|• The Gazette - Cedar Rapids|
|• The Gazette - Cedar Rapids|
|• The Iowa Republican|
|• The Iowa Republican - Brooklyn|
|• The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier|
|• WHO TV - NBC - Des Moines|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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