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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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 Selection: Proportional Primary,
Polling hours 8:00a EST (1300 UTC) / 8:00a CST (1400 UTC) to 8:00p EST (0100 UTC) / 7:00p CST (0100 UTC). The polls close at the same GMT/UTC time, that is, polls close at a particular local time in the advanced time zone and close one hour earlier local time in the lagging time zone.
Voter Eligibility: Open Primary
91 total delegate votes - 53 district / 18 at large; 11 Pledged PLEOs; 9 Unpledged PLEOs
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.
Here's how we compute the delegate count:
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
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.
|Delegation to the National Convention|
Tennessee Delegation (as posted at http://www.democrats.org/2012-convention-delegate-list, 20 August 2012)
|Charles R Bone||Nashville|
|Gale Jones Carson||Memphis|
|Micki Carter||Johnson City|
|Gary Casteel||Ashland City|
|R. G. Cravens||Crossville|
|Vilma Cueva||Spring Hill|
|Lincoln Davis||Pall Mall|
|Sonja Fox||Johnson City|
|Albert Gore Jr.|
|Thelma Harper||Whites Creek|
|Walter Hunt||Whites Creek|
|James "Jim" Johnson||Memphis|
|William McKamey||Piney Flats|
|Vashti McKenzie||Ellicott City|
|Robert "Gus" Radford||Huntingdon|
|James (Jim) Robertson||Mt. Juliet|
|Kimberli Rose Jensen||Smyrna|
|Jonathan Taylor Thomas||Chattanooga|
|Michael Turner||Old Hickory|
|Barbara West||Spring City|
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Tennessee Code and Constitution|
|• Department of State|
|• Division of Elections|
|• Tennessee Registry of Election Finance|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Tennessee General Assembly|
|• Tennessee General Assembly - House|
|• Tennessee General Assembly - Senate|
|• Tennessee Democratic Party|
|Media & others|
|• Citizen Tribune - Lakeway Region|
|• Cleveland Daily Banner|
|• Lebanon Democrat & Wilson County News|
|• Politics1.com - Tennessee|
|• Shelbyville Times-Gazette|
|• The Commercial Appeal - Memphis|
|• The Daily News Journal - Murfreesboro|
|• The Elizabethton Star|
|• The Knoxville Journal|
|• The Knoxville News Sentinel|
|• The Oak Ridger - Oak Ridge|
|• The Tennessean - Nashville|
|• WATE TV - ABC - Knoxville|
|• WATN-TV - WLMT-TV - localmemphis.com - ABC - Memphis|
|• WBBJ TV - ABC - Jackson|
|• WBIR TV - NBC - Knoxville|
|• WDEF TV - CBS - Chattanooga|
|• WJHL TV - CBS - Johnson City|
|• WKRN TV - ABC - Nashville|
|• WLTV TV - CBS - Knoxville|
|• WMC TV - NBC - Memphis|
|• WREG TV - Memphis|
|• WSMV TV - NBC - Nashville|
|• WTNZ TV - FOX - Knoxville|
|• WTVC - ABC - Chattanooga|
|• WTVF TV - CBS - Nashville|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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