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Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 6 March 20121
Congressional District Caucuses: Saturday 21 April 2012
State Committee and National Convention Delegate Meeting: Saturday 5 May 2012
Democrats
CandidatePopular
Vote
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein127,909  81.18%110.0  80.88%128.0  94.12%
No Preference16,075  10.20%  
Blanks9,690   6.15%  
Others3,889   2.47%  
Uncommitted 26.0  19.12% 
(available)   
Not Announced  8.0   5.88%
Total157,563 100.00%136.0 100.00%136.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 20 January 2012 per the Massachusetts Delegate Selection Plan as of October 2011.


   

Tuesday 6 March 2012: 110 of 136 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Massachusetts 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.

  • 72 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 9 congressional districts.
  • In addition, 38 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 24 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 14 Pledged PLEOs

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.

Tuesday 6 March 2012 Primary
ContestBarack ObamaNo PreferenceBlanksAll Others
 Pop
Vote
Qual
Vote
DelPop
Vote
AllocDelPop
Vote
AllocDelPop
Vote
AllocDelPop
Vote
AllocDel
CD115,17912,783812,7838.00081,339  734  323  
CD212,93010,519810,5198.00081,368  744  299  
CD314,85611,986811,9868.00081,668  823  379  
CD415,31212,842812,8428.00081,460  686  324  
CD523,68219,846819,8468.00082,270  1,110  456  
CD617,36513,794813,7948.00082,136  1,001  434  
CD717,94015,179815,1798.00081,188  1,292  281  
CD821,77315,497815,4978.00082,863  2,472  941  
CD918,52615,463815,4638.00081,783  828  452  
PLEO157,563127,90914127,90914.0001416,075  9,690  3,889  
At-Large157,563127,90924127,90924.0002416,075  9,690  3,889  
Delegates  110  110         
Source: 2012 Massachusetts Presidential Primary Results
 

Saturday 21 April 2012: The Congressional District Caucuses meet to elect National Convention District delegates according to the results of the primary.

 

Saturday 5 May 2012: State Committee and National Convention Delegate Meeting

The Pledged PLEO and At-large National Convention delegates are selected by the State Party Committee.

The remaining 26 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 26 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 11 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 11 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 10 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 3 Distinguished Party Leaders (former DNC Chairman Steve Grossman, former DNC Chairman Debra DeLee, and former DNC Chairman Paul G. Kirk, Jr.).

These 26 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

 


On 21 January 2011 H01972 was filed. This bill would change the state's partisan and Presidential primaries to be held concurrently on the 1st Tuesday in June-- 5 June 2012. Current law sets the Presidential Primary to the 1st Tuesday in March and the Partisan Primary to 7th Tuesday preceding the November General Election [The General Laws of Massachusetts, Title VIII, Chapter 53: Section 28.]. The bill's sponsors are Representatives James J. Dwyer (Democratic) and Bradley H. Jones (Republican).


Delegation to the National Convention

Massachusetts Delegation (as posted at http://www.democrats.org/2012-convention-delegate-list, 20 August 2012)

 
NameResidence
Melody L AdamsMalden
Bruce Samuel Adams Jr.Springfield
Nazda K. AlamWeston
Willie Mae AllenMattapan
Elaine AlmquistMedford
Carol Ann AloisiEast Boston
Patricia ArmstrongMilton
Felix G ArroyoBoston
Cathaleen AshtonWayland
Russell AshtonWayland
Sandi BagleyBoston
Shaynah BarnesBrockton
Virginia BarnesBoston
Joel BarreraNatick
Catherine BaylissGloucester
Augustus "Gus" BickfordWestford
Rhonda J BourneWaltman
Brenda BrathwaiteOak Bluffs
Leon A Brathwaite IIOak Bluffs
John BrissetteWorcester
Judy BrooksAmherst
Suzanne M BumpSouth Boston
Julie BurnsCharlestown
Josephe CaiazzoStoneham
Nurys CamaryoDorchester
Michael E Capuano 
Joseph P CarlsonWorcester
Katherine ClarkMelrose
Martha CoakleyBoston
Mary Gail CokkininsLongmeadow
Edward W Collins Jr.Springfield
Robert E ColtWinchester
Patricia CommaneAndover
Ann Conlon RooseveltCambridge
Miniard CulpepperDorchester
Dori L DeanHolyoke
Debra DeLee 
Robert A DeLeoWinthrop
Louis DeMasielloSalisbury
Margaret Jane DonahueWenham
Bill DoolingHolliston
Stephen DriscollPembroke
Ralph EdwardsSwampscott
Lovie R ElamMilton
Micho Fernandez SpringBoston
Carmen FieldsNeedham
Jennifer L FlanaganLeominster
Barney FrankNewton
Burt FreedmanSpringfield
Carol FulpBoston
William F GalvinBrighton
Candy GlazerLongmeadow
Donald GreenReading
Steven GrossmanNewton
Joseph HanleyNewton
Dylan HayreNatick
Kathleen "Toody" HealyWestford
Kristie HelmsRosindale
Martin HeymanNewton
Susan HeymanNewton
David HolwayEdgartown
Tito JacksonDorchester
Sharon JewellSpringfield
Philip W JohnstonBoston
Dorothea M JonesRoxbury
Raymond A JordanSpringfield
Denise K JordanSpringfield
Ossie L Jordan Jr.Brockton
Amanda JusinoBoston
Elaine KamarckBrewster
Joseph H KaplanMansfield
Marianne KarmelWest Newton
Susan KayWeymouth
Bill R Keating 
Brigid Kennedy-PfisterArlington
John F KerryBoston
Paul G Kirk Jr.Mastons Mills
Debra KozikowskiChicopee
Tom LarkinBedford
Steven LeibowitzBrewster
Curtis LeMayLowell
Suzanne A LeMayLowell
Tom LesserConway
Ross LevantoBoston
Sam LiaoSharon
Stephen F LynchSouth Boston
John J MahoneyWorcester
Kathleen MansonWalpole
Edward J MarkeyMalden
Thomas J McCrathPepperell
WM Shaw McDermottDedham
James P McGovernWorcester
Nikko MendozaBoston
Thomas M MeninoReadville
Jesse R MermellBrookline
Candy Mero CarlsonWorcester
Mushtaque A MirzaCambridge
Stacey MonahanDorchester
Michael MorrisNorwell
Faye L MorrisonAyer
Michael W MorrisseyN. Quincy
David J NarkewiczNorthampton
Richard E Neal 
David O'BrienConcord
Jim O'DayWest Boylston
Karen O'DonnellWaltham
Susanne O'NeilQuincy
John W OlverAmherst
Deval PatrickBoston
Pavel PayanoLawrence
Karen L PayneRoslindale
Robert D PeteusLexington
Lesley Rebecca PhillipsCambridge
Stella M PierceBeverly
Lois G PinesBelmont
Kathleen PolanowiczNorthboro
Gail E PoultenChelmsford
Samuel PoultenChelmsford
Marilyn PowersMansfield
Susan PravdaNewton
Ayanna PressleyBoston
Erik D RamanathanWayland
Keri Rodrigues LorenzoSomerville
Margaret E RolphE. Walpole
James Roosevelt Jr.Cambridge
Ervin L RussellE. Wareham
Marianne RutterBoxford
Jeffrey SanchezJamaica Plain
Diego Miguel SanchezBoston
Diane SaxeGrafton
Ben SchwartzWendell
Samantha ShustermanSomerville
Stanley J SlepoyHathorne
Margaret A SomerSwampscott
Anthony SotoHolyoke
Karen E SpillaAshland
Joseph D SteinfieldBoston
Nancy StenbergSouthwick
Ellen StoryAmherst
Sharon StoutNewton
Joseph C SullivanBraintree
Benjamin SwanSpringfield
Randall James TatumMansfield
Mario TeranRoslindale
Keri ThompsonMashpee
Susan ThomsonMalden
John Tierney 
Steven A TolmanMalden
Nicola S TsongasLowell
Veronica TurnerBrockton
Eric M TurnerWaban (Newton)
E. Henry TwiggsSpringfield
John E WalshAbington
Barbara WenigerArlington
Linda WhitlockNewton
Adrienne WilkinsNew Bedford
Joyce Wilkins NkwahMilton
Lisa Ann WongFitchburg
Margaret "MarDee" D XifarasMarion
Charles C YanceyBoston
Paul G YorkisMedway

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