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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright New Hampshire Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 10 January 20121
District Caucuses: Saturday 14 January 2012
Caucus / National Convention Delegation Meeting: Saturday 28 April 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein49,080  80.91%28.0  80.00%35.0 100.00%
Paul, Ronald E. "Ron"2,289   3.77%  
Romney, Willard "Mitt"1,814   2.99%  
Huntsman, Jon M., Jr.1,238   2.04%  
Cowan, Ed945   1.56%  
Supreme, Vermin833   1.37%  
Scatter772   1.27%  
Terry, Randall A.442   0.73%  
Haywood, John Davis423   0.70%  
Freis, Craig "Tax Freeze"400   0.66%  
Santorum, Richard J. "Rick"302   0.50%  
Moulton-Ely, Robert "Bob"287   0.47%  
Gingrich, Newton Leroy "Newt"276   0.46%  
O'Connor, Cornelius Edward266   0.44%  
Richardson, Darcy G.264   0.44%  
Wolfe, John, Jr.245   0.40%  
O'Donnell, Edward T.222   0.37%  
Greene, Robert Allan "Bob"213   0.35%  
Jordan, Robert B.155   0.26%  
Tyler, Aldous C.106   0.17%  
Roemer, Charles E. "Buddy", III29   0.05%  
Karger, Fred26   0.04%  
Perry, James Richard "Rick"17   0.03%  
Greenleaf, Stewart J.4   0.01%  
Johnson, Gary Earl4   0.01%  
Meehan, Michael J.4   0.01%  
Bachmann, Michele M.2   0.00%  
Cain, Herman1   0.00%  
Uncommitted 7.0  20.00% 
Total60,659 100.00%35.0 100.00%35.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 7 Januaary 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan Adopted by the New Hampshire Democratic Party - 2 November 2011.


10 January 2012 Primary results from Politico,and Google, and AP. Returns from an official source.


Participation in New Hampshire's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Only Democrats and independents can request a Democratic ballot in the Presidential Preference Primary

Tuesday 10 January 2012: 28 of 35 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's New Hampshire Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.

  • 18 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 2 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 9
    • CD 2: 9
  • In addition, 10 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 6 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 4 Pledged PLEOs

10 January 2012 10:42p PST: While we do not a breakdown of the Congressional District vote and redistricting is incomplete, we assume that President Obama is the only candidate to receive 15% in each CD.

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.

CD1  9
CD2  9
At-Large  6
Delegates  28

Saturday 14 January 2012: District Level Caucuses. National Convention District-level delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.


Saturday 28 April 2012: Caucus / National Convention Delegation Meeting in Concord.

National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected by a committee consisting of a quorum of district-level delegates.

The remaining 7 National Convention delegates consist of

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

These 7 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


New Hampshire can hold its primary on Tuesday 14 February 2012. [Reference: 2012 Delegate Selection Rules for the Democratic National Convention: Rule 11.A.]

On 2 November 2011, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced that New Hampshire will hold its Presidential Primary on Tuesday 10 January 2012.

Why New Hampshire's
Primary Tradition Is Important
By William Gardner, New Hampshire Secretary of State
October 12, 2011

"If Nevada does not accept a date of Tuesday, January 17th or later for its caucus, it leaves New Hampshire no choice but to consider December of this year. The dates of Tuesday, December 13th and Tuesday, December 6th are realistic options ... "

Delegation to the National Convention

New Hampshire Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Michael BloomerWolfeboro
Raymond BuckleyManchester
Peter H Burling 
Deborah ButlerConcard
Trevor ChandlerPembroke
Martha Fuller Clark 
Garth CorriveauManchester
Carol CroteauKingston
Lou D'AllesandroManchester
James M DemersConcord
Joanne Dowdell 
Erin FeltesConcord
Margaret (Peggy) GilmourHollis
Emily GoldManchester
Catherine HackettManchester
Katherine HannaBedford
Claire HelfmanHollis
Edgar "Ned" HelmsConcord
Gary HirshbergConcord
Paul W HodesConcord
Richard KomiManchester
Sylvia B LarsenConcord
Bette LaskyNashua
Patricia J LeeHanover
John Lynch 
Mark MackenzieManchester
Donalo ManningManchester
Francis MoynihanHampton
Terie NorelliPortsmouth
Christopher PappasManchester
Lenore PattonHampton
Mary RauhNew Castle
Alan ReischeManchester
Gary RichardsonHopkinton
Ricardo RodriguezContoocook
Mike RolloRollingsford
Jeanne Shaheen 
Dorothy SolomonAlbany
Donna SoucyManchester
Kristi St. LaurentWindham
Nan StearnsAmherst
Kathleen Sullivan 
J. Alejandro UrrutiaHudson
Mariann WhiteWolfeboro

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


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