The Green Papers
2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Tennessee Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 6 March 20121
County Conventions: Saturday 10 March 2012
District Conventions: Saturday 24 March 2012
State Executive Committee: Saturday 31 March 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein80,357  88.53%82.0  90.11%90.0  98.90%
Uncommitted10,413  11.47%9.0   9.89% 
Not Announced  1.0   1.10%
Total90,770 100.00%91.0 100.00%91.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 26 February 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan.


Participation in Tennessee's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Voters are not required to declare a party preference; however, they must request a Democratic primary ballot to vote in the presidential preference primary.

Tuesday 6 March 2012: 82 of 91 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Tennessee 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.

  • 53 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 9 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 5
    • CD 2: 6
    • CD 3: 5
    • CD 4: 5
    • CD 5: 7
    • CD 6: 6
    • CD 7: 6
    • CD 8: 6
    • CD 9: 7
  • In addition, 29 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 18 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 11 Pledged PLEOs

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.

Tuesday 6 March 2012 Primary
CD1  5
CD2  6
CD3  5
CD4  5
CD5  7
CD6  6
CD7  6
CD8  6
CD9  7
PLEO  11
At-Large  18
Delegates  82

Saturday 10 March 2012: County Conventions meet to elect delegates to the District Conventions. The number of delegates allotted to each presidential candidate is determined by each candidate's performance in the primary. A total of 2,997 county delegates are elected to the district conventions.


Saturday 24 March 2012: District Conventions meet to elect National Convention district level delegates according to the results of the primary.


Saturday 31 March 2012: State Executive Committee.

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

The remaining 9 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 9 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 6 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 2 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 2 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former Vice President Albert "Al" Gore, Jr.).

These 9 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


HB 612 (filed by State Representative Gerald McCormick (Republican) on 10 February 2011) and SB 599 (filed by state Senator Mark Norris (Republican) on 10 February 2011) was signed by Governor William "Bill" Haslam on 9 May 2011. The law changes the date of the Presidential primary from the 1st Tuesday in February (7 February 2012) to the first Tuesday in March (6 March 2012). Statue: Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 2-13-205.

14 February 2011: State Representative Gerald McCormick (Republican) introduced HB 793. This bill changes the date of the Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in February (7 February 2012) to the first Tuesday in March (6 March 2012).

16 February 2011: State Senator Mark Norris (Republican) introduced SB 929. This bill changes the date of the Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in February (7 February 2012) to the first Tuesday in March (6 March 2012).

14 February 2011: State Representative Craig Fitzhugh (Democratic) introduced HB 760. This bill moves moves the Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in February to the same day as the county primary, the 1st Tuesday in May.

17 February 2011: State Senator Jim Kyle (Democratic) introduced the companion bill to HB 760, SB 1875.

Delegation to the National Convention

Tennessee Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Brenda AblesFayettville
Credo AmouzouvikClarksville
Chris AndersonChattanooga
Joe ArmstrongKnoxville
Virgie BanksMemphis
Jared BarrettMurfreesboro
Megan BarryNashville
Lisa BilbreyCrossville
Charles R BoneNashville
Darrell BouldinMurfreesboro
Raymond BowmanNashville
Carl BrackinGeorgetown
James BraswellEads
Jan BrooksChattanooga
Walter BufordJonesborough
Angela CallisMartin
Dave CambronCordova
Toney CampbellDecaturville
Karen CamperNashville
Gale Jones CarsonMemphis
Lexie CarterMemphis
Jennie CarterKingsport
Micki CarterJohnson City
Gary CasteelAshland City
Ivan CerdaNashville
Will CheekNashville
Steven CohenMemphis
Chase ColeNash
Najanna ColemanMilan
Brandon CookMaryville
Jim Cooper 
R. G. CravensCrossville
Nicolle CristDresden
Vilma CuevaSpring Hill
Raymond CurrySmyrna
Lincoln DavisPall Mall
Richard DawsonClinton
Cathey DaytonSevierville
Karl DeanNashville
Lois DeBerryMemphis
Mary EvinsSmithville
Joanne FavorsChattanooga
Preston FieldsMaryville
Craig FitzhughRipley
Sharilyn FletcherAntioch
Chip ForresterNashville
Sonja FoxJohnson City
William FreemanNashville
Brenda GilmoreNashville
Albert Gore Jr. 
Linda HaneyPowell
Latarsha Hanna-HuffJackson
Thelma HarperWhites Creek
Patricia HatteryVonore
Joan HillMurfreesboro
Henry HooperMemphis
Walter HuntWhites Creek
Nika JacksonMemphis
Colleen JanusMurfreesboro
James "Jim" JohnsonMemphis
Gloria JohnsonKnoxville
Ashley Judd 
Kay KemnitzGallatin
Jim KyleMemphis
Mike LaneWatauga
Judy LeeMadisonville
Patsy LewisSelmer
Sally LoveOcoee
Myron LoweryMemphis
Jerry MaynardNashville
William McKameyPiney Flats
Vashti McKenzieEllicott City
Stephen McLaughlinCordova
Romel McMurryLabanon
Jim MidyettJackson
Jerome MillerKnoxville
Larry MillerMemphis
Gary MooreJoelton
Janet MooreCookeville
Nataly MoralesCorryton
Heather MummertHuntingdon
Kathleen MurphyNashville
Merriel NealClarksville
Lynn NelsonColumbia
Joan NelsonOakridge
William OwenKnoxville
Adrienne Pakis-GillonGermantown
Elisa ParkerFranklin
Freda PlayerNashville
Robert "Gus" RadfordHuntingdon
Meryl RiceWhiteville
Marisa RichmondNashville
James (Jim) RobertsonMt. Juliet
Kimberli Rose JensenSmyrna
Zayid SaleemMemphis
Lenda SherrellMonteagle
Helen StapletonSewanee
William StovallMemphis
Gerard StranchNashville
Jonathan Taylor ThomasChattanooga
Joda TongnopnuaChattanooga
Jane TuckerShelbyville
Van TurnerMemphis
Michael TurnerOld Hickory
Charles UffelmanErin
Barbara WestSpring City
A.C. WhartonMemphis
Vivian WilhoiteNash
Freda WilliamsMemphis
Dianne WithersMemphis
Rodriguez WrightNashville
Zach YoungGoodlettsville

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


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  Democratic Pledged and Unpledged Summary   --   Republican Pledged and Unpledged Summary  
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Delegate Allocation
  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