The Green Papers
2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Saturday 14 April 20121
Advisory Primary: Tuesday 15 May 2012
County Conventions: Friday 1 June - Sunday 10 June 2012
State Convention: Saturday 23 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein  43.0  97.73%
Uncommitted 6.0  13.64% 
(available) 38.0  86.36% 
Not Announced  1.0   2.27%
Total 44.0 100.00%44.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 14 April 2012 per the Draft 2012 Delegate Selection Plan.

Starting on Tuesday 20 March 2012, a 15% pledged delegate bonus is awarded when clusters of 3 or more neighboring states (Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming) begin on the same date (14 April 2012).

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

15 May 2012 Primary results from an official source.


Participation in Nebraska's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. "Democrats" are those persons of legal voting age who are registered in Nebraska as Democrats or who register as Democrats at the Precinct Caucus.

Saturday 14 April 2012: First Tier- Precinct Caucuses. The Precinct Caucus participants choose delegates to the County Conventions according to their Presidential preference. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated County Convention delegates.

The number of National Convention delegates can be estimated from the results of today's caucuses.

Saturday 14 April 2012 Precinct Caucuses
CD1  9
CD2  10
CD3  6
At-Large  9
Delegates  38

Tuesday 15 May 2012: Advisory State Run Primary. The results of today's primary have no affect on the delegate selection process.

Tuesday 15 May 2012 Primary

Friday 1 June - Sunday 10 June 2012: Second Tier: County Conventions. County Convention delegates choose the county's delegates to the Nebraska State Democratic Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated State Democratic Convention delegates.


Saturday 23 June 2012: Third and final tier: The State Democratic Convention convenes. 38 of 44 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting at the Nebraska State Democratic Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the congressional district or statewide level.

25 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the preferences of State Convention delegates from each of the State's 3 congressional districts.

  • CD 1: 9
  • CD 2: 10
  • CD 3: 6

13 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based the support for the presidential contenders at the State Convention as a whole.

  • 9 at-large National Convention delegates
  • 4 Pledged PLEOs

The remaining 6 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 6 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 1 Member of Congress (1 Senator and 0 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 6 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Nebraska Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Dianne BattiatoOmaha
Keelan ChapmanLincoln
Graham ChristensenLyons
Tanya D CookOmaha
Brenda J CouncilOmaha
Victor E Covalt IIILincoln
Douglas Augustus Logan Dobbs CambridgeHastings
Annette DubasFullerton
Jane ErdenbergerOmaha
Carl EskridgeLincoln
Downey J FitzgeraldOmaha
Ramona "Lisa" FrickeLexington
Archie GodfreyOmaha
Janet Goodman BanksLincoln
Matthew HansenLincoln
Mary Ann HollandOmaha
Hardy HolmLincoln
Amanda HouckLincoln
Samuel HuppertOmaha
Clarence J King Jr.Omaha
Jeff KirkpatrickLincoln
Frank LaMereSouth Sioux
Steven LathropOmaha
Jeff LeannaScottsbluff
Kelsey LiddyLincoln
Charlene LigonBellevue
Peggy O LippertPapillion
Kieran McCarneyOmaha
Kristin McLartyLincoln
Heath MelloOmaha
Shelisa MinnifieldOmaha
Maureen MonahanOmaha
James R MooreMarsland
Ben NelsonOmaha
Maureen NickelsChapman
Jeremiah NordquistOmaha
Moelle ObermeyerOmaha
Bud PettigrewValentine
Joy PhilippiBruning
Vince PowersLincoln
Ken RiterOmaha
Bennie ShobeLincoln
Sandra SkorniakOmaha
Jim SuttleOmaha
Susan R TafiniSpringfield
Lexie Wakan LaMereSouth Sioux
Marguerite WedemanLincoln
Martha WightOmaha
Willie WilliamsOmaha
Neva WinkleLincoln
Hannah WroblewskiGordon
Christa YoakumLincoln

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  KETV - ABC - Omaha
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  Lexington Clipper-Herald
  Lincoln Journal Star
  McCook Daily Gazette
  Norfolk Daily News
  North Platte Telegraph
  Omaha World-Herald - Nebraska
  The Beatrice Daily Sun

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