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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
State Legislative District Caucuses: Saturday 10 March 2012
Congressional District Caucuses: Saturday 24 March 2012
Primary: Tuesday 5 June 20121
State Convention / State Party Central Committee: Saturday 16 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein 22.0  75.86%29.0 100.00%
Uncommitted 7.0  24.14% 
Total 29.0 100.00%29.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 10 July 2011 per the Draft 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of July 2011.

Starting on Tuesday 20 March 2012, a 15% pledged delegate bonus is awarded when clusters of 3 or more neighboring states (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota) begin on the same date (5 June 2012).

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

5 June 2012 election returns from an official source.


Saturday 10 March 2012: Legislative District Caucuses meet in each of the state's 35 Legislative Districts to elect delegates to the Congressional District Caucus.


Saturday 24 March 2012: The Congressional District caucus meets in Pierre to slate National Convention Congressional District delegates, for each Presidential Preference and Uncommitted, to appear on the primary ballot.


Participation in South Dakota's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. A person shall register their Democratic Party affiliation with the secretary of state on or prior to the last day to register to vote in the June 2012 State Primary Election, or affirm their affiliation with the Democratic Party before public notary to be eligible to participate in the delegate selection process.

Tuesday 5 June 2012: 22 of 29 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary results statewide as South Dakota has only a single at-large congressional seat. 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.

  • 15 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in the State's single at-large congressional district.
  • In addition, 7 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 5 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 2 Pledged PLEOs

Since the Democratic Primary was uncontested, no election was held.

Tuesday 5 June 2012 Primary
CD  15
At-Large  5
Delegates  22

Saturday 16 June 2012: State Convention / State Party Central Committee

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

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).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Andrew "Tom" Daschle).

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


HB 1272, which would move the Presidential Primary from the last Tuesday in June to the last Tuesday in January failed in the South Dakota House of Representatives on 7 and 8 February 2007.

Delegation to the National Convention

South Dakota Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Sarah AlexanderSioux Falls
Hassan AliBrookings
Sandy ArseneaultCuster
Angie BuhlSioux Falls
Jim BurgWessington Springs
Ryan CaseySioux Falls
Rebekah CradduckSioux Falls
Tom A Daschle 
Marvin D Ehlers 
Marc S FeinsteinSioux Falls
Cecilia Firethunder 
Jenae K HansenTurton
Steve HildebrandSioux Falls
Anne HolmquestAberdeen
Cindy HuetherSioux Falls
Mike HuetherSioux Falls
Tim Johnson 
Jonathon JostenSioux Falls
Tom KatusRapid City
Deb Knecht 
Deb KnechtHoughton
Heather KnoxRapid City
DeAnna LeBeauGettysburg
Amanda MackSioux Falls
Nick Nemec 
Ben NesselhufVermillion
Bill NihbelinkFlandreau
Ritchie NordstromRapid City
Holly PerliRapid City
Jennifer Slaight-HansenAberdeen
Sharon StroscheinMansfield
Dan SuttonFlandreau

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  KSOO AM - Sioux Falls
  NewsLink - South Dakota Newspapers
  Plainsman - Huron - South Dakota
  Rapid City Journal
  South Dakota Politics - Conservative
  South Dakota Public Broadcasting
  South Dakota War College - Brookings
  The Aberdeen American News
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  The Daily Republic - Mitchell
  Watertown Public Opinion

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