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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
 
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Presidential Nominating Process
Non-binding primary (cancelled by the state Legislature): Tuesday 21 February 2012 (cancelled)
Precinct Caucuses: Sunday 15 April 20121
Legislative District Caucuses: Saturday 28 April 2012
County Conventions: Sunday 29 April 2012
Congressional District Caucuses: Sunday 20 May 2012
State Convention: Friday 1 June - Sunday 3 June 2012
Democrats
CandidatePrecinct
Delegates
Selected
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein  114.0  95.00%
Uncommitted 15.0  12.50% 
(available) 105.0  87.50% 
Not Announced  6.0   5.00%
Total 120.0 100.00%120.0 100.00%

States Chronologically   States Alphabetically     Democratic Convention     Washington Republican    
 
Washington Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
 
Washington State and Local Government

 
 

The delegate selection processes herein was updated 14 April 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as approved by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee on 10 December 2011.

Starting on Tuesday 20 March 2012, a 15% pledged delegate bonus is awarded when clusters of 3 or more neighboring states begin on the same date. Alaska and Hawaii are considered neighboring states of Washington and Oregon. [Reg 5.1.B Article I.C.2.b]

The state received a 10% pledged delegate bonus for starting in Stage II (April).


   

Tuesday 21 February 2012 (cancelled): Washington non-binding Primary. The primary has no effect on delegate allocation. The 2012 Presidential Primary has been cancelled.

 

Participation in Washington State's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Those who wish to participate in the caucus and convention process who are not currently registered to vote may register to vote at the caucus or convention and then participate on the same day.

Sunday 15 April 2012: First Tier Precinct Caucuses.

The Precinct Caucuses meet at 1:00 pm to elect delegates to the legislative district caucuses and county conventions based on presidential preference. After a preliminary tally of presidential support is completed, attendees are given an opportunity to discuss the results. Attendees are then provided a chance to reconsider; and a final tally is taken.

  • 69 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the will of the caucus participants in each of the State's 10 congressional districts. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at the congressional district level. (as of 14 April 2012)
    • CD 1: 7
    • CD 2: 7
    • CD 3: 6
    • CD 4: 4
    • CD 5: 6
    • CD 6: 7
    • CD 7: 12
    • CD 8: 6
    • CD 9: 7
    • CD 10: 7

A fine point: The At-Large and Pledged PLEO delegates are pledged to presidential contenders based on the presidential preferences of the 69 district level delegates elected at the Congressional District Caucuses. Hence, the National Convention District delegates are pledged from the preferences expressed at the Precinct Caucuses while the National Convention statewide delegates are pledged using the preferences of the National Convention District delegates.

 

Saturday 28 April 2012: Second Tier Legislative District Caucuses.

Legislative district caucuses meet at 10:00 a.m to elect delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention.

 

Sunday 29 April 2012: Second Tier County Conventions.

County Conventions meet at 10:00 a.m. to elect delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention and adopt county platforms and resolutions.

A county that is wholly within a legislative district may choose its delegates to the state convention and the congressional district caucuses at the county convention.

A county that is in more than one legislative district may choose its delegates to the state convention and the congressional district caucuses at legislative district caucuses during the county convention.

 

Sunday 20 May 2012: Third Tier Congressional District Caucuses.

National Convention District delegates are elected at the State Convention according to the results of the Precinct Caucuses.

36 statewide delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the presidential preferences of district level delegates elected at today's Congressional District Caucuses. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at the statewide level.

  • 13 Pledged PLEOs
  • 23 at-large National Convention delegates
 

Friday 1 June - Sunday 3 June 2012: State Convention.

National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected at the State Convention according to the results of the Congressional District Caucuses.

The remaining 15 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 15 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 6 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 4 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former Speaker of the House Tom Foley).

These 15 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".


Notes:

SB 5119, which cancels the 2012 presidential primary by amending RCW 29A.56.020, was signed by Governor Christine "Chris" Gregoire on 13 May 2011. The bill's sponsors were Senators Craig A. Pridemore (Democratic) and Adam Kline. Since the bill expires in 2013, there may be a Presidential Primary in 2016. Note: In the last 2 cycles, the Washington Democrats (2004, 2008) nominated by caucus while the Washington Republican nominated by caucus in 2004 and by both caucus and primary in 2008.

Somewhat related: HB 1860, sponsored by state Representative Christopher Hurst(Democratic) had its first reading on 7 February 2011. The bill moves the election of precinct committee officers to the presidential primary.

HB 1325, requested by Governor Christine "Chris" Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed; and sponsored by Democratic Representatives Sherry Appleton and John McCoy, was first read on 19 January 2011. The bill prohibits a presidential primary from being held in 2012.


Delegation to the National Convention

Washington Delegation (as posted at http://www.democrats.org/2012-convention-delegate-list, 20 August 2012)

 
NameResidence
Devon Alisa AbdallahSeattle
Majid S AlbahadliSeattle
Dean S AndoTacoma
Sofia AragonOlympia
Jack ArendsEverett
Zach BarkerSeattle
David Z BeanTacoma
Hue BeattieBellingham
Jennifer BlackwoodSeattle
Andrew BrewerSpokane
Mario C BrownEdmonds
Elizabeth "Liz" CampbellVancouver
Elizabeth CanningRedmond
Maria CantwellSeattle
Dylan CarlsonOlympia
Dan CarpitaEnumclaw
Sandra C CastellBellevue
Kenneth E CaylorOthello
Kristen E CejkaSpokane
Carin ChaseEdmonds
Emiliana ChavezSeattle
Erin CheuvrontMaple Valley
Robert ChuVancouver
Grifynn M ClaySnohomish
Ed CoteVancouver
Seamus S DavisSpokane
Rashelle DavisTacoma
Karl de JongSeattle
Brita DeckerSeattle
Loretta S DeKayWhite Salmon
Norman D DicksBelfair
Robert DolinSeattle
Jeremie J DufaultYakima
Brittany M DuffBremerton
Maria EhsanBellevue
Roger A ErskineOlympia
LaKecia FarmerSpokane
George B FearingKennewick
Jon FergusonEllensburg
Rufus E FinleyWoodland
Joe FitzgibbonBurien
Thomas S FoleyWashington
Leonard ForsmanSuquamish Tribe
Robert FuentesSeattle
MacKenzie FuentesSeattle
Al GarmanBellevue
Barbara GellerMercer Island
Yalonda Gill-MasundireSeattle
Suzann GirtzSpokane
M. Lorena GonzalezSeattle
Emily R GonzalezSeattle
Antonia GonzalezSeattle
Christine "Chris" GregoireOlympia
Marcia HamiltonBelfair
Sylvia HancockSequim
Monisha R HarrellLynnwood
Tanisha L HarrisVancouver
Marian L HarrisonArlington
Robert "Bob" HasegawaSeattle
Lauren HatchBellingham
Tommy L HilyardTacoma
Winona Hollins HaugeShoreline
Noland HoshinoVancouver
Di IronsFall City
Dena IsaacRedmond
Linda T JenkinsWoodinville
C'Ann KarioresOmak
Karen KeiserDes Moines
Karen L KelemanEast Wenatchee
Bryan KestersonKent
Germaine KornegaySedro-Woolley
David KunselmanSeattle
Ruthann KuroseMercer Island
Rick LarsenEverett
Rebecca "Becky" LewisBellevue
Marko LiiasEverett
Dean LynchSpokane
Ghassan "Gus" MansourLynnwood
Ann MartinSeattle
Sharon MastBellevue
Jimmy MattaBurien
Jim McDermottWashington
David T McDonaldSeattle
Joseph H McGimpseyNeah Bay
Jim McIntireSeattle
Elizabeth MendozaUnion Gap
Rosalinda MendozaCowiche
Raymond MillerMarysville
Jennifer MinichKent
Jeremy MohnBellingham
Nancy E MonacelliWalla Walla
Dennis MontesNespelem
Luis MoscosoMountlake Terrace
Patty MurraySeattle
Nisha NariyaRenton
Emilia NavazioPort Townsend
Marc OommenMount Vernon
Juan OrozcoWapato
Dwight PelzSeattle
Lisa PlymateSeattle
Ricardo PolintanRenton
Chris PorterSeattle
Cynthia R PrattLacey
Chris RamirezYakima
Santiago RamosKirkland
Sameer RanadeSeattle
Sarah ReyneveldSeattle
Christopher RobertsShoreline
Valerie RongeySpokane
Alexandra RoseTacoma
Karen K RussellSeattle
Andrew RyderLacey
Cindy RyuSeattle
Elizabeth SatiacumRoy
Robert K SatiacumRoy
Elizabeth SiegelSeattle
Derrick SkaugPullman
Adam SmithFederal Way
Jeffrey A SmithSeattle
Michael T SnodgrassOlympia
Ed SongSeattle
Theresa "Teri" StaudingerPasco
Mary M StephensonYakima
Robyn StevensonUniversity Place
Marcee StoneSeattle
Jennifer SuttonIssaquah
Brad L TaylorProsser
Teresa Taylor-OliverFerndale
Mathew K.M. TomaskinWapato
Azziem H UnderwoodRenton
Javier ValdezSeattle
Andrew VilleneuveRedmond
Eli WaitePort Townsend
Lorin WalkerVashon
Louis H WatanabeSeattle
Lona WilburLaConner
Dorothy WillardSammamish
Tandy J WilliamsSeattle
Daniel WillnerBothell
Sharon V WinesberrySteilacoom
Mary M WissinkSpokane
Stephen Michael Wolfe Jr.Seattle

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