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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Non-binding Precinct Viability Caucuses: Saturday 21 January 20121
County Conventions: Saturday 14 April 2012
State Convention: Saturday 9 June - Sunday 10 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein  43.0  97.73%
Uncommitted 8.0  18.18% 
(available) 36.0  81.82% 
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 20 January 2012 per the Nevada Delegate Selection Plan October 2011.

Party resouce: Pledge To Caucus - Nevada's 2012 Democratic Presidential Caucuses

Nevada can schedule its first tier caucuses on Saturday 18 February 2012. [Reference: 2012 Delegate Selection Rules for the Democratic National Convention: Rule 11.A.]


Saturday 21 January 2012: Democratic Non-binding Precinct Viability Caucuses meet in each precinct. Each Precinct Caucus chooses delegates to County Conventions based on presidential preference. Voting begins at 12:00 noon PST.

  • The Precinct Caucus chooses the precinct's delegates to the County Convention of the county in which the precinct is located. While a non-binding Presidential Preference Poll is conducted during the caucuses, delegates at the Precinct Caucus level are not bound to their declared Presidential preference.

The Nevada Democratic Party held their Non-binding Precinct Viability Caucuses today. There were about 12,000 attendees at 118 caucus locations covering 1,553 precincts.

98.3% of delegates elected to the 14 April County Conventions and 9-10 June State Convention supported President Obama.

"I am excited that over 12,000 enthusiastic volunteers said 'I'm in' for President Obama today..." --Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange.

Accordingly, we have assigned all 36 of Nevada's pledged delegates to President Obama in the soft count (our estimate). All delegates remain available in the hard count since no National Convention delegates were actually pledged.

Reference: More Than 12,000 Nevada Volunteers Say I'm In for President Obama During 2012 Democratic Caucuses.


Saturday 14 April 2012: County Conventions convene in each county. Each County Convention chooses delegates to the Nevada State Democratic Convention. County conventions are called to order by 10:00 am PDT.

  • These County Conventions choose the county's delegates to the Nevada State Democratic Convention. While a non-binding Presidential Preference Poll is conducted during the Conventions, delegates at the County level are not bound to their declared Presidential preference.

Saturday 9 June - Sunday 10 June 2012: The Nevada State Democratic Convention convenes to choose 36 of Nevada's 44 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. 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.

  • 23 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the support among the delegates to the State Convention from the State's congressional districts / counties. (numbers are pending and appear to use the 2000 Census apportionment)
    • CD 1: 8
    • CD 2: 7
    • CD 3: 8
  • In addition, 13 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the support among the delegates to the State Convention as a whole.
    • 8 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 5 Pledged PLEOs

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".


On 22 October 2012, Nevada Republican Party moved the date of their Precinct Caucuses from 14 January to 4 February 2012 and the Nevada Democratic Party moved the date of their Precinct Caucuses from 14 to 21 January. Reference FoxNews article here.

"We are pleased to announce that the Nevada and South Carolina Democratic parties will protect our states' place in the presidential nominating calendar by beginning the delegate selection process on January 21st in Nevada and January 28th in South Carolina." - Nevada State Democratic Party, 22 October 2011.

Delegation to the National Convention

Nevada Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Kevin E AcostaLas Vegas
Elliot AndersonLas Vegas
Kelvin AtkinsonNorth Las Vegas
Kelvin AtkinsonNorth Las Vegas
Gary E BarbatoSparks
Shelley BerkleyLas Vegas
Erin Bilbray-KohnLas Vegas
David BlackmanHenderson
David BobzienReno
James BrownGardnerville
Joetta BrownMinden
Edith L ByrdLas Vegas
Linda CavazosHenderson
Richard CollinsLas Vegas
John T Creedon Jr.Las Vegas
Olivia DiazLas Vegas
Elaina DrakulichReno
Sandra EddyNorth Las Vegas
Malyssa EssexLas Vegas
Brian FadieLas Vegas
Lucy FloresLas Vegas
Michael L GreedyCarson City
Dorie J GuySparks
Laurie HaleyReno
Loretta HarperLas Vegas
Phillip A HayesLas Vegas
Steven HorsfordLas Vegas
Nyla HowellFallon
Rosalyn JimenezNorth Las Vegas
Roberta LangeLas Vegas
Nadir Abdul MajiedNorth Las Vegas
Kate MarshallReno
Eleazar "Al" MartinezLas Vegas
Chris MillerHenderson
Richard B MillerHenderson
Theresa NavarroReno
Marisa PintoSparks
Christopher PreciadoLas Vegas
Michael PriorLas Vegas
Andres RamirezN. Las Vegas
Jacqueline RamirezNorth Las Vegas
Jennifer J ReedLas Vegas
Harry ReidWashington
Anthony RuizLas Vegas
Sharon Ann ScrogginsLas Vegas
Emma SepulvedaReno
A. Simone SimpsonLas Vegas
Deborah SmithSparks
Riley SuttonReno
Cynthia M TriggZephyr Cove
Nicholas VassiliadisLas Vegas
John P WandererLas Vegas
Derek WashingtonLas Vegas

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


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