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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 6 March 2012
State Executive Committee: Saturday 7 April 2012 (tentative)
Delegate Selection: In each district and statewide - if winner receives a majority Winner-Take-All Primary otherwise 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
58 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 27 re: 9 congressional districts / 3 party / 18 bonus
Unpledged delegate preferences as of
The delegate selection processes herein was updated 20 February 2012.
30 March 2012: Rick Santorum takes half of Tennessee GOP delegates from The Tennessean. The Tennessee Secretary of State has certified the results of the 6 March primary. Congressional Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7: Santorum 2, Romney 1; CDs 6, 8: Santorum 2, Gingrich 1; CD 9: Romney 2, Santorum 1. CD total: Santorum 17, Romney 8, Gingrich 2. At-large: Santorum 12, Romney 9, Gingrich 7. Grand total: Santorum 29, Romney 17, Gingrich 9. Thanks to Matthew Tanner for the link.
Tuesday 6 March 2012: 55 of Tennessee's 58 delegates to the Republican National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders in today's Tennessee Presidential Primary.
27 district delegates, 3 from each of the 9 congressional districts, are to be allocated to the presidential contenders based on the primary results in each congressional district. [ByLaws of the Tennessee Republican Party. Article IX. Rule C. Section 1. and Section 4A.]
The 28 At-Large delegates are bound to presidential contenders based on the primary results statewide. [Article IX. Rule C. Section 1. and Section 4B.]
Proportional distribution and rounding: Beginning with the candidate who received the most votes, multiply [the percentage of votes received] by [28 National Convention Delegates] and divide by [total qualified vote]. Round any remainder up to the next whole number. Repeat for the next highest vote getter until all 28 delegates are allocated.
The 28 At-Large delegates include the 10 "at-large" and 18 bonus delegates apportioned to Tennessee. These delegates are bound to Presidential candidates based on the results of the primary. Half are elected in the primary and half are appointed by the Executive Committee with the consent of the respective Presidential campaigns. When determining "half" divide the total number of At-Large delegates by 2. If there are fractional delegates, round up the number of delegates appointed by the Executive Committee and round down the number of delegates determined by the Primary. [Article IX. Rule C. Section 2.]
Saturday 7 April 2012 (tentative): State Executive Committee meets.
The State Executive Committee elects the 14 remaining at-large delegates.
3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Tennessee's Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position.
At the National Convention, delegates are bound for at least 2 ballots. TCA §§2-13-307(b) and 2-13-308.
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.
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