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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Rhode Island Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 24 April 20121
State Convention: Thursday 21 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein6,759  83.38%32.0  80.00%35.0  87.50%
Uncommitted1,133  13.98%8.0  20.00% 
Write-in214   2.64%  
Not Announced  5.0  12.50%
Total8,106 100.00%40.0 100.00%40.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 23 April 2012 per the 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 (Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island) begin on the same date (24 April 2012).

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

24 April 2012 primary returns from an official source.


Participation in Rhode Island's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may participate in the primary election. Unaffiliated voters become affiliated with the Democratic Party by voting in the Democratic Primary.

Tuesday 24 April 2012: 32 of 40 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Rhode Island 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. National Convention District delegates appear on the ballot in each Congressional District.

  • 22 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: 11
    • CD 2: 11
  • In addition, 10 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 7 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 3 Pledged PLEOs
Tuesday 24 April 2012 Primary
Delegates  32  32   

Thursday 21 June 2012: Rhode Island State Convention.

National Convention District, Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected by the Rhode Island Democratic State Committee according to the results of the primary.

The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 8 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 4 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 2 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 8 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Davenport "Linc" Chafee (Independent) signed Senate Bill 399 on 1 July 2011 and House Bill 5653 on 12 July 2011. Both bills move the Presidential primary from the 1st Tuesday in March (6 March 2012) to the 4th Tuesday in April (24 April 2012).

Delegation to the National Convention

Rhode Island Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Nicole BeedeNewport
Jonathan R BoucherWarwick
Gerald P CarvalhoProvidence
David N CicillineProvidence
Tom CoderrePawtucket
Anne W ConnorBarrington
Susann G Della RosaRumford
Grace DiazProvidence
Frank G FerriWarwick
Patrick FogartyHarmony
Gordon D FoxProvidence
Mary Alyce GasbarroBarrington
Maryellen GoodwinProvidence
Martha Holt CastleNorth Kingstown
Thomas J IzzoCranston
Hecmy A JoseProvidence
Peter F KilmartinPawtucket
James LangevinWarwick
Nicholas A MattielloCranston
Edna O MattsonNorthKingstown
Joshua MillerCranston
A. Ralph MollisN. Kingstown
Onna A Moniz-JohnEast Providence
Frank J MontanaroCranston
Julie E MyersPawtucket
Edwin R PachecoPascoag
Jeffrey PadwaProvidence
M. Teresa Paiva WeedNewport
Joseph R Paolino Jr.Providence
Vimala PhongsavanhWoonsocket
Elisa M PollardFoster
Elaine PriorWarwick,
Gina M RaimondoProvidence
John F ReedJamestown
Elizabeth RobertsCranston
David SalvatoreProvidence
Brett P SmileyProvidence
Michael A SolomonProvidence
June S SpeakmanBarrington
Donald R SweitzerWarwick
Teresa TanziWakefield
Angel TaverasProvidence
Helen S TaylorWarwick
Susan WeinerEast Greenwich
Mark S WeinerWarwick
Zoe WeinerEast Greenwich
Sheldon WhitehouseProvidence
Anastasia P WilliamsProvidence
Myrth YorkProvidence

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


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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