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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Caucuses: Tuesday 13 March 20121
County Conventions: Tuesday 13 March - Thursday 19 April 2012
State Convention: Friday 20 April - Saturday 21 April 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein  32.0  94.12%
Uncommitted 5.0  14.71% 
(available) 29.0  85.29% 
Not Announced  2.0   5.88%
Total 34.0 100.00%34.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 12 March 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of 18 November 2011.


Participation in Utah's delegate selection process is open to all citizens who will be at least 18 years old by 6 November 2012 and publicly declare themselves to be participating as Democrats.

Tuesday 13 March 2012: First Level - Precinct Caucuses. 29 of 34 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the Presidential preferences expressed at the Precinct Caucuses. 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.

  • 19 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the caucus results in each of the State's 4 congressional districts. (numbers are from 11 November 2011)
    • CD 1: 4
    • CD 2: 5
    • CD 3: 5
    • CD 4: 5
  • In addition, 10 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the caucus vote statewide.
    • 6 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 4 Pledged PLEOs

In addition, the Precinct caucuses elect delegates to the County Conventions with the highest vote getters being elected.

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 13 March 2012 Caucus
CD1  4
CD2  5
CD3  5
CD4  5
At-Large  6
Delegates  29

Tuesday 13 March - Thursday 19 April 2012: Second Level- County Conventions elect delegates to the State Convention.


Friday 20 April - Saturday 21 April 2012: Third Level- State Convention.

  • State Convention delegates meet in Congressional Level District caucuses to elect National Convention District Delegates.
  • The National Convention District Delegates meet to elected National Convention Pledged PLEO Delegates.
  • State Convention delegates meet in as a whole to elect National Convention At-Large Delegates.

The remaining 5 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 5 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 1 Member of Congress (0 Senators and 1 Representative).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 5 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


The Utah State Legislature did not appropriate funds for a 2012 state-run Presidential Primary.

7 June 2011 Utah Republican Primary Moving Back to Save State Money from Utah The article reports that the Utah Republican Presidential Primary will be held on 26 June 2012.

A 12 March 2011 article in the Des Moines Register mentions that Utah's 7 February 2012 primary would violate the rules of both political parties. It was mentioned that the the Utah Republican Party expects their 2012 primary to be hold in conjunction with their 26 June 2012 Partisan Primary. Note that the Democratic Party requires states to complete their delegate selection primaries and caucuses by 12 June 2012 while the Republican Party requires their statewide parties to complete their process by 23 July 2012.

On 3 October 2011, Peter C. Knudson sponsored SB3004. The bill was signed by Governor Gary R. Herbert (Republican) on 13 October 2011. This bill establishes the requirements for a political party to hold their Presidential Primary concurrently with the regular partisan primary election on the 4th Tuesday in June as long as there is no Western States Presidential Primary.

"If there is no legislative appropriation for the Western States Presidential Primary ... a candidate for President of the United States who is affiliated with a registered political party and chooses to participate in the regular primary election ..." [Subsection (6)]

Delegation to the National Convention

Utah Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Osman AhmedWest Jordan
Alan C AndersonMidvale
Laura ArellanoSalt Lake City
Patrice ArentSalt Lake City
Ralph BeckerSalt Lake City
Ellen BradyMurray
Weston ClarkSalt Lake City
James DabakisSalt Lake City
Justin DanielsSalt Lake City
T.J. EllerbeckHolladay
Dorothy A EngelmanSt. George
Lily EskelsenWashington
Eric EthingtonSalt Lake City
Brian W FaulknerMurray
Sheryl GinsbergSalt Lake City
Jim GonzalesMurray
Jamie D HartleyAlpine
Joe HatchSalt Lake City
Nicholas R HobbsSalt Lake City
Nicholas HollandFaylorsville
Wayne HollandSalt Lake City
Emily B HollingsheadCedar City
Miriam HydeSalt Lake City
Craig JanisSouth Jordan
Lisa JohnsonDraper
Jane MarquardtSalt Lake City
Jim MathesonSalt Lake City
Karen McCoySalt Lake City
Justin MillerOgden
Megan RisbonWest Valley
Ross RomeroSalt Lake City
Alexandria SadlerSalt Lake City
David SalazarSalt Lake City
Jandalynn StelterMidvale
Anna ThompsonSalt Lake City
Gail TurpinSalt Lake City
Noor Ul-HasanSalt Lake City
Angela B UrreaRoy
Kathleen VillanuevaSyracuse
Donna WeinholtzSalt Lake City
Glen J WrightPark City

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


  Election 2012 - Presidential Primary, Caucus, and Convention Home  
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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  
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  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