The Green Papers
2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Louisiana Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Saturday 24 March 20121
Post Primary Congressional Caucus: Saturday 5 May 2012
Democratic State Central Committee in Baton Rouge: Saturday 2 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein115,150  76.46%60.0  83.33%55.0  76.39%
Wolfe, John, Jr.17,804  11.82%4.0   5.56% 
Moulton-Ely, Robert "Bob"9,897   6.57%  
Richardson, Darcy G.7,750   5.15%  
Uncommitted 8.0  11.11% 
Not Announced  17.0  23.61%
Total150,601 100.00%72.0 100.00%72.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 19 January 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of April 2011.

24 March 2012 returns from an official source.
Results from AP.

16 April 2012 from Louisiana Democratic Party denies 3 delegates to fringe candidate.
2 May 2012 from Louisiana Democratic Party To Be Sued In Federal Court For Delegates On Friday.


Participation in Louisiana’s delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Democrats and those registered voters who are NOT registered with the Green, Libertarian, Reform, or Republican Party can vote in the primary.

Saturday 24 March 2012: 64 of 72 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Louisiana 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.

  • 42 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 6 congressional districts. (numbers below are from 19 January 2012 and use the 2000 Census apportionment)
    • CD 1: 5
    • CD 2: 6
    • CD 3: 6
    • CD 4: 6
    • CD 5: 6
    • CD 6: 7
    • CD 7: 6
  • In addition, 22 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 14 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 8 Pledged PLEOs

President Obama won 76% of the vote and qualified for 60 of the 64 pledged delegates in the 24 March primary. Mr. Wolfe received more than 15% of the vote in 3 Congressional districts (CD 1: 19.62%, CD 3: 17.24%, CD 7: 22.04%) qualifying for delegates in these districts. James Hallinan, Communications Director for the Louisiana Democratic party states that having failed to meet 2 deadlines, Mr. Wolfe cannot receive any delegates.

Here's how we compute the delegate count:

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard votes cast for those candidates who do not meet the threshold.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the state-wide qualified vote.
  3. In each jurisdiction (CD and statewide):
    1. Total qualified vote = total votes cast for the qualifying candidates in the jurisdiction.
    2. Allocation = (delegates for the jurisdiction) × (candidate's popular vote) ÷ (total qualified vote).
    3. Assign each candidate the WHOLE NUMBER of delegates.
    4. If delegates remain, allocate each of the remaining delegates to those candidates with the LARGEST REMAINDERS.

The results below use the Louisiana Congressional District as apportioned by the 2000 Census.

Saturday 24 March 2012 Primary
CD111,0469,04956,8823.80342,1671.19711,188  809  
CD228,45826,958626,9586.0006701  452  347  
CD315,31712,27369,6324.70952,6411.29111,646  1,398  
CD416,94513,161613,1616.00062,016  1,006  762  
CD521,12916,152616,1526.00062,425  1,472  1,080  
CD625,08620,154720,1547.00072,450  1,361  1,121  
CD713,05610,76467,8874.39642,8771.60421,233  1,059  
PLEO131,037100,8268100,8268.000815,277  8,358  6,576  
At-Large131,037100,82614100,82614.0001415,277  8,358  6,576  
Delegates  64  60  4      
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State (retrieved 13 April 2012 8:51:00 AM)


Saturday 5 May 2012 Post-primary Congressional District Caucuses. 42 District-level delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.


Saturday 2 June 2012: Democratic State Central Committee in Baton Rouge. 8 National Convention Pledged PLEO and 14 At-Large delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.

The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of

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

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

PLEO Delegates

  • Representative Wesley Bishop
  • Representative John Bel Edwards
  • Mayor Cedric Glover
  • Representative Marcus Hunter
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu
  • Representative Walt Leger III
  • Mayor Jennifer Vidrine
  • Councilwoman Mary Wardsworth

At-Large Delegates

  • Female Delegates
    • Mozella Bell
    • Thai Browder
    • Lisa Diggs
    • Sally Donlon
    • Cynthia Hedge-Morrell
    • Renee Lapeyrolerie
    • Carol LeBlanc
    • Gail Ledet
    • Dr. Cassandra Shelling
    • Nita Steele
  • Male Delegates
    • Sean Bruno
    • Kenny Garrett
    • Brett Jackson
    • David Wilburn
  • At-Large Female Alternate
    • Brenda Hensley Smith

First Congressional District

  • Female Delegates
    • Belinda Brown
    • Elsie Palmer Burkhalter
    • Brenda "Ann" Palmer
  • Male Delegates
    • Jessie Lee Philips
    • T.J. Smith, Jr.
  • Male Alternate
    • Patrick L. Miller

Second Congressional District

  • Female Delegates
    • Diana E. Bajoie
    • Candace N. Newell
    • DeShannon Cobb Russell
  • Female Alternate
    • Barbara R. Keller
  • Male Delegates
    • Jay H. Banks
    • Troy "C" Carter
    • Mark D. Spears, Jr.

Third Congressional District

  • Female Delegates
    • Debbie S. Craighead
    • Dr. Camalyn Gaines
    • Judy Brignac Songy
  • Male Delegates
    • Matthew F. Block
    • Damon K. Davis
    • Randal L. Gaines
  • Male Alternate
    • Wayne Thibodeaux

Fourth Congressional District

  • Female Delegates
    • Frankie Mae Evans
    • Barbara Norton
    • Daryl Joy Walters
  • Female Alternate
    • Shawanda Jackson
  • Male Delegates
    • Lynn D. Cawthorne
    • Kenneth R. Epperson, Sr.
    • Patrick C. Williams

Fifth Congressional District

  • Female Delegates
    • Billye Burns
    • Katrina R. Jackson
    • Mary Kincade
  • Male Delegates
    • Charles Kincade
    • Rodney McFarland, Sr.
    • Ronnie Lamar Traylor

Sixth Congressional District

  • Female Delegates
    • Regina A. Barrow
    • Cassandra Butler
    • Pat Haynes Smith
  • Male Delegates
    • Gideon T. Carter, III
    • Sherman G. Ruth
    • Alfred C. Williams
    • W.T. Winfield

Seventh Congressional District

  • Female Delegates
    • Myra Wilburn Bennett
    • Evia Hodge
    • Lexi Thompson
  • Male Delegates
    • Charles Ray Bennett
    • Davante Lewis
    • Jonald J. Walker, III


Governor Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (Republican) signed HB 509 on 28 June 2011. The law moves the presidential primary from the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in February to the 3rd Saturday following the 1st Tuesday in March.

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.

Delegation to the National Convention

Louisiana Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

John AlesBaton Rouge
Regina Ashford BarrowBaton Rouge
Diana E BajoieNew Orleans
Jay H BanksNew Orleans
John Bel EdwardsAmite
Mozella BellCoushatta
Wesley BishopNew Orleans
Matthew F BlockThibodaux
Michelle BristerPride
Thaihevia BrowderFranklin
Sean BrunoNew Orleans
Elsie P BurkhalterSlidell
Billye BurnsWest Monroe
Cassandra ButlerIndependence
Troy C CarterNew Orleans
Gideon T Carter IIIBaton Rouge
Karen Carter PetersonNew Orleans
Lynn D CawthorneShreveport
DeShannon Cobb RussellMarrero
Lester Coza Perryman Jr.New Orleans
Debbie S CraigheadReserve
Damon K DavisLaPlace
Lisa Ray DiggsNew Orleans
Sally O DonlonLafayette
Kenneth R Epperson Sr.Shreveport
Frankie Mae EvansDeRidder
Camalyn GainesLaPlace
Randal L GainesLaPlace
Kenneth P Garrett, Sr.New Orleans
Cedric B GloverShreveport
Cedric GloverShreveport
Diana HamiltonLake Charles
Patricia Haynes SmithBaton Rouge
Cynthia Hedge-MorrellNew Orleans
Brenda Hensley SmithMonroe
Evia HodgeLake Charles
Marcus HunterMonroe
Eric J IglesiasNew Orleans
Katrina R JacksonMonroe
Brett JacksonBaton Rouge
Shawanda JacksonShreveport
Ben JeffersBaton Rouge
Barbara R. KellerNew Orleans
Charles KincadeMonroe
Mary KincadeWest Monroe
Mary LandrieuWashington
Mitch LandrieuNew Orleans
Deborah LanghoffNew Orleans
Renee LapeyrolerieNew Orleans
Carol LeBlancRaceland
Gail U LedetSlidell
Walter J Leger IIINew Orleans
Davante LewisLake Charles
Rodney McFarland Sr.Monroe
Patrick O. MillerSlidell
Steve MonaghanBaton Rouge
Candace N NewellNew Orleans
Barbara NortonShreveport
Brenda F PalmerLacombe
Belinda Parker BrownSlidell
Jesse Lee PhillipsSlidell
Charles Ray BennettSulphur
Cedric RichmondNew Orleans
Shane RiddleBreaux Bridge
Natalie RobottomLaPlace
Sherman RuthBaton Rouge
Cassandra ShellingMonroe
Brenda Hensley SmithMonroe
Thomas J Smith Jr.Pearl River
Judy SongyLaPlace
Mark D Spears Jr.Marrero
Nita SteeleShreveport
Wayne ThibodeauxGray
Alexia "Lexi" ThompsonYoungsville
Ronnie L TraylorMonroe
Jennifer VidrineVille Platte
Jonald Walker IIILake Charles
Daryl Joy WaltersShreveport
Mary L WardsworthAlexandria
Carl "David" WilburnSulphur
Myra Wilburn BennettSulphur
Arlanda WilliamsHouma
Patrick WilliamsShreveport
Alfred C WilliamsBaton Rouge
W.T. WinfieldBaton Rouge
Edward A Wisham Jr.Baton Rouge

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  30 December 2009 - Democratic Change Commission's Recommendations for the 2012 Presidential Nominating Process  
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  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  
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