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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright West Virginia Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 8 May 20121
State Convention & Executive Committee: Friday 8 June - Saturday 9 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein106,770  59.35% 44.0  93.62%
Judd, Keith Russell73,138  40.65%  
Uncommitted 11.0  23.40% 
(available) 36.0  76.60% 
Not Announced  3.0   6.38%
Total179,908 100.00%47.0 100.00%47.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 2 May 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of April 2011 and a telephone call to the party.

The state received a 20% pledged delegate bonus for starting in Stage III (May and June).

8 May 2012 returns from an official source.


Participation in West Virginia's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. The Democratic Primary is open to all registered Democrats and voters who are not a member of another party.

Tuesday 8 May 2012: 36 of 47 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's West Virginia Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.

  • 24 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 3 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 8
    • CD 2: 8
    • CD 3: 8
  • In addition, 12 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 8 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 4 Pledged PLEOs
Tuesday 8 May 2012 Primary
CD1  8
CD2  8
CD3  8
At-Large  8
Delegates  36

Friday 8 June - Saturday 9 June 2012: The West Virginia State Convention / State Executive Committee meeting.

National Convention District level delegates are elected during the District Caucuses at the 8 June 2012 State Convention according to the results of the primary.

National Convention At-Large and Pledged Pledged PLEO delegates are elected during the 9 June 2012 State Executive Committee Meeting according to the results of the primary.

The remaining 11 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 11 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 3 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 1 Representative).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 11 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

West Virginia Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Kathleen AbateMorgantown
Sue BaylissSt. Albans
Belinda BiaforeFairmont
Jerry BrookoverElizabeth
Marjorie H BurkeSand Fork
Katherine ButcherAlum Creek
George Nicholas Casey Jr.Charleston
James CaseyPoint Pleasant
Karen CoriaHurricane
Elizabeth CroikshankFairmont
Katherine DooleyCharleston
Barbara Evans FleischauerMorgantown
Coy A FlowersLewisburg
Ryan B FrankenberryCharleston
Alice Germond 
Nancy GuthrieCharleston
Christopher HallBeckley
Elaine A HarrisCharleston
Barbara HatfieldSouth Charleston
Kyle HaughMorgantown
Andrea HaysBuckhannon
Brad HeflinCharleston
Susan HubbardHuntington
Jeff KesslerGlen Dale
(Thomas) Scott KingCharleston
Karen LobbanAlderson
Audrey LoveOak Hill
Shirley LoveOak Hill
Joe Manchin 
Pat MaroneyCharleston
Charlene MarshallMorgantown
Hannah McCarleyCharles Town
Susan MileyBridgeport
Tim MileyBridgeport
Teresa L MillerParkersburg
Paul E MillerParkersburg
Virginia MolesNitro
Kelly J PalmerMorgantown
Kenneth "Kenny" M PerdueFairmont
Meshea L PooreCharleston
Larry PuccioCharleston
Paul R Qualls Jr.Huntington
Nick J RahallBeckley
John "Jay" D Rockefeller IVWashington
Scott SearsFairmont
Rod SnyderShenandoah Junction
Natalie E TennantCharleston
Ernest "Spud" TerryNitro
Earl Ray Tomblin 
Thomas "Tom" VogelCharleston
Erik WellsCharleston
Phyllis WhiteGilbert
Susan E WilliamsCharlton Heights
William "Bill" R WootonBeckley
Robert "Curt" ZickalooseCharleston

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  Bluefield Daily Telegraph
  Braxton Citizens' News - Sutton
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  Clarksburg Exponent Telegram
  Hampshire Review - Romney
  Keyser Mineral Daily News-Tribune
  Mountain Messenger - Lewisburg - West Virginia
  The Dominion Post - Morgantown
  The Herald-Dispatch - Huntington
  The Inter-Mountain - Elkins
  The Lincoln Journal - Hamlin
  The Morgan Messenger - Berkeley Springs
  The Parkersburg News & Sentinel
  The Register Herald - Beckley
  The State Journal - Charleston
  The Times - Fairmont
  The Wayne County News
  The Weston Democrat
  WBOY TV - NBC - Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown
  WDTV TV - CBS - Bridgeport
  West Virginia Metro News - Charleston
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1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.


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  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