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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Oregon Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 15 May 20121
Congressional District Conventions: Saturday 2 June 2012
State Convention: Saturday 16 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein267,382  94.66%70.0  83.33%84.0 100.00%
Write-in15,077   5.34%  
Uncommitted 14.0  16.67% 
Total282,459 100.00%84.0 100.00%84.0 100.00%

States Chronologically   States Alphabetically     Democratic Convention     Oregon Republican    
Oregon Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
Oregon State and Local Government


The delegate selection processes herein was updated 12 May 2012 per the Delegate Selection Plan as of 29 June 2011.

Starting on Tuesday 20 March 2012, a 15% pledged delegate bonus is awarded when clusters of 3 or more neighboring states begin on the same date. Alaska and Hawaii are considered neighboring states of Washington and Oregon. [Reg 5.1.B Article I.C.2.b]

The state received a 20% pledged delegate bonus for starting in Stage III (May and June).

15 May 2012 primary returns from an official source.


Participation in Oregon's delegate selection process is open to registered Democrats.

Tuesday 15 May 2012: 70 of 84 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Oregon 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.

  • 47 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 5 congressional districts. Because of its size, CD 2 is split into 2.
    • CD 1: 9
    • CD 2a (the southwest counties of Jackson, Klamath, and that part of Josephine County within CD 2): 3
    • CD 2b (counties of Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler): 4
    • CD 3: 12
    • CD 4: 10
    • CD 5: 9
  • In addition, 23 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 15 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 8 Pledged PLEOs

This is a vote by mail primary. State election officials will be mailing ballots out to registered voters between 18 to 14 days before the election. Voters have until 8 PM local time on the date of the Primary to return the completed ballot.

Obama, the only candidate on the ballot, will receive Oregon's 70 pledged delegates.

Tuesday 15 May 2012 Primary
CD1  9
CD2a  3
CD2b  4
CD3  12
CD4  10
CD5  9
At-Large  15
Delegates  70

Saturday 2 June 2012 - Congressional District Conventions. The 47 district delegates to the Democratic National Convention are elected according to the results of the primary.


Saturday 16 June 2012: State Convention

8 Pledged PLEO and 15 At-Large National Convention delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.

The remaining 14 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 14 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 6 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 4 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 14 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


HB 2429, first read on 11 January 2011, would move both the Presidential and partisan primaries from the 3rd Tuesday in May to the 2nd Tuesday in June.

Delegation to the National Convention

Oregon Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Gulzar AhmedTualatin
Brian D AlbertCloverdale
Laura BadenAshland
Stacy L BannermanWhite City
Deborah C BarnesMilwaukie
Terry BeanPortland
Andrew S BeckerEugene
Leonard BergsteinPortland
Earl BlumenauerPortland
Suzanne BonamiciPortland
John G Booker Jr.Corvallis
Ken BooksteinHappy Valley
Shirley CairnsOakland
Thuy Chu TranPortland
Glendora ClaybrooksTualatin
Steven CoatsworthEugene
Daria L ColnerPortland
Rosa ColquittTigard
Richard CundiffEugene
Louise CurrinAloha
Rafael Da Costa Melo BaptistaPortland
Wanda M DavisDallas
Peter DeFazioEugene
Frank DixonPortland
Elise DowningPortland
Lakeitha R ElliottPortland
Joseph R EsmondePortland
Ellen E FlennikenPortland
Lew R FrederickPortland
James E FreedPortland
Andrew GorryPortland
Marisabel GouverneurAlbany
Susan M HagmeierPortland
Carla "KC" L HansonPortland
Rick J HartwigSalem
Steve (Loyd) HenionAlbany
Carolyn HillBend
Kellie F JohnsonPortland
Cynthia Rae JohnsonLake Oswego
Sheldon F JosephPortland
Nicholas A KahlPortland
Matthew K KeatingEugene
Wayne KinneyBend
John KitzhaberPortland
James KlonoskiMenlo Park
Quintin C KrethEugene
Danon V KroessinAlbany
Margaret A KroessinAlbany
Cris L LandWarren
Peter LeungCorvallis
Liz Marlia-SteinMcMinnville
Lupita MaurerBeaverton
Kathryne S MaurerEugene
Frances MazzaraWelches
Joseph MazzaraWelches
Adele D McAfeeBend
Camille McClaflinRedmond
Winthrop McCormackPortland
Javier A MedinaThe Dalles
Bryan MercierPortland
Jeff MerkleyPortland
Darleene MeyerPortland
Shirley G MinorPortland
Elliott W MoorePortland
Gregg MorelandTualatin
Whitney O MorfittSalem
John R MundyBend
Kendra R MurrayWinston
Dorila L NavaAloha
Jose Luis NavaAloha
Monique T NoringtonPortland
Donna K NybergSt. Helens
Mary Lou OsburnSt. Helen's
Karen A PackerNewberg
Huma Q PierceBeaverton
Janet K RadtkeYachats
Michael RadwayPortland
Gail RasmussenCamby
Gerry T RempelEugene
Elizabeth RicePortland
Jaime RodriguezHillsboro
Shelli RomeroPortland
Cheryl SantiagoPortland
Karen SchoutenBeaverton
Tanya M ShivelyPhilomath
Kurt ShraderCanby
Lorretta S SmithPortland
Rudy A SotoPortland
Judy SugnetSalem
Richard J SwyersSalem
Lawrence D TaylorAstoria
Damon Isiah TurnerPortland
Sharon TurnerBeaverton
Tina R Turner-MorfittSalem
Patrick W VromanKlamath Falls
Bing WongPortland
Meredith Wood SmithPortland
Aaron L WoodsWilsonville
Shirley WoodsWilsonville
Ron WydenPortland
Kris Adele YorkMedford

Links Links to other web sites

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  Mail Tribune - Medford
  Newport Times-News
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  Nugget Newspaper - Sisters - Oregon
  Portland Tribune
  Seaside Signal
  The Business Journal - Portland
  The Curry Coastal Pilot - Brookings
  The Daily Astorian
  The East Oregonian - Pendleton
  The Hermiston Herald
  The News Guard - Lincoln City
  The News-Review - Roseburg
  The Oregonian - Portland
  The Register-Guard - Eugene
  The World - Coos Bay

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