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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Meetings: Saturday 18 February 2012
County Conventions: Saturday 10 March 2012
Primary: Tuesday 13 March 20121
Congressional District Conventions: Saturday 31 March - Saturday 19 May 2012
State Convention: Saturday 2 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein97,304 100.00%40.0  88.89%45.0 100.00%
Uncommitted 5.0  11.11% 
Total97,304 100.00%45.0 100.00%45.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 18 February 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of 14 December 2011.



Saturday 18 February 2012: Precinct Meetings begin at 10:00 AM local time. The purpose of the precinct meetings are to elect delegates to the County Convention. No person shall be required to state presidential preference at the precinct level.


Saturday 10 March 2012: County Conventions begin at 10:00 AM local time. The delegates elect an executive committee and elect delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions. No person shall be required to state presidential preference at the county level.


Participation in Mississippi's delegate selection process is open to only qualified electors who support the principles and values established and set forth by the Democratic party platform. Because Party registration is not allowed in Mississippi, qualified electors must acknowledge that they are Democrats through signature, beginning at the precinct level caucuses.

Tuesday 13 March 2012: 40 of 45 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Mississippi 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.

  • 26 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 4 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 6
    • CD 2: 9
    • CD 3: 6
    • CD 4: 5
  • In addition, 14 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 9 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 5 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.

President Obama is the only candidate on the ballot so we are assigning him all 40 delegates.

Tuesday 13 March 2012 Primary
CD1  6
CD2  9
CD3  6
CD4  5
At-Large  9
Delegates  40

Saturday 31 March - Saturday 19 May 2012. Congressional District Conventions are held at 10:00 AM local time on 31 March (CD 1), 21 April (CD 2), 5 May (CD 3), and 19 May (CD 4). Delegates at the District Conventions elect members to the state executive committee and Congressional Delegates to the National Convention (according to the preferences expressed during the Presidential Primary).


Saturday 2 June 2012: State Convention

Delegates at the State Convention elected the Pledged PLEO and At-Large Delegates to the National Convention according to the preferences expressed during the Presidential Primary.

The remaining 5 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 5 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 1 Member of Congress (0 Senators and 1 Representative).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 5 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Mississippi Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Amy AdelmanHattiesburg
Marcelean ArringtonBay Springs
Sam BegleyJackson
Barbara BlackmonCanton
Shelethia BoltonCanton
Leroy BrooksColumbus
Mala BrooksLeland
Curley ClarkPascagoula
Barbara CoatneyWaveland
Mamie CunninghamOkolona
Tyler K DossPort Gibson
Johnny DuPreeHattiesburg
Carnelia FondrenOxford
Jamie FranksMooreville
Albert N Gore Jr.Starkville
Tanya GrayLaurel
Addie GreenBolton
Vallena J GreerJackson
Willie GriffinGreenville
Jamie Suzanne "Sue" HarmonKosciusko
Melton Harris Jr.Pascagoula
Cristen HemminsOxford
Jim HoodJackson
Kelly JacobsHernando
Dietrick JohnsonComo
Pamela A JohnsonBrandon
Derrick JohnsonJackson
Elzena K JohnsonTerry
Harvey Johnson Jr.Jackson
David L JordanGreenwood
Marvin P KingOxford
Jannette KirkTupelo
Brown MillerHattiesburg
Paulette PalmerGreenwood
Johnnie PattonJackson
Charles Penson Sr.Tupelo
Michael ReddixMadison
Thomas ReynoldsCharleston
Peggy J RogersStarkville
Lisa M RossMadison
Emma D SandersJackson
Everett T SandersNatchez
Omeria ScottLaurel
Errick SimmonsGreenville
Derrick D SimmonsGreenville
Renick TaylorBiloxi
Bennie G ThompsonBolton
Mary TroupePearl
Philip WestNatchez
Joy WilliamsBrandon
Gloria WilliamsonPhiladelphia
Stephen WilsonMeridian
Paul E WinfieldVicksburg

Links Links to other web sites

Election Authority
  Mississippi Secretary of State
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Mississippi House of Representatives
  Mississippi State Legislature
  Mississippi State Senate
  Mississippi Democratic Party (appears to be an older website)
  Mississippi Democratic Party
  The Mississippi Democratic Party
Media & others - Journal Publishing - Tupelo
  Jackson Free Press
  Madison County Journal - Ridgeland
  Magnolia Report
  Mississippi Business Journal - Mississippi
  Picayune Item - Mississippi
  The Clarion-Ledger - Jackson
  The Democrat - Senatobia
  The Fayette Chronicle
  The Jackson Advocate - Jackson
  The Natchez Democrat
  The Neshoba Democrat - Philadelphia
  The Vicksburg Post
  WAPT TV - ABC - Jackson
  WCBI TV - CBS - Columbus
  WJTV TV - CBS - Jackson
  WLBT TV - NBC - Jackson
  WLOX TV - ABC - Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula
  WTOK TV - ABC - Meridian
  WXXV TV - Fox - North Gulfport
  Y'all Politics

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


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  Democratic Pledged and Unpledged Summary   --   Republican Pledged and Unpledged Summary  
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  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