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2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
The delegate selection processes herein, along with any and all dates and delegate counts associated therewith, are unofficial and based on either (1) information obtained from either Major Party, (2) Presidential Primary dates established by currently-effective State statute, or- where the foregoing information could not be obtained- (3) the state's 2016 delegate selection process and associated dates adjusted to the corresponding dates in 2020.
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 March 2020
172 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 159 re: 53 congressional districts / 3 party
States Chronologically States Alphabetically
Bylaws of the California Republican Party.
6 to 8 September 2019: The California Republican Party's State Convention changed the Party's rules to permit a special State Convention to choose the national convention delegates. This new rule would be used if the Party's pending lawsuit against the law which requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's primary ballot fails and President Trump is kept off the Republican Primary ballot.
Senator Ricardo Lara introduced SB 568 on 11 April 2017. The state legislature passed SB 568 (Assembly 55-21 on 15 September; Senate 26-10 on 16 September). Governor Jerry Brown (Democratic) signed the bill on 27 September. This law moves all primaries from June to the "1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in March in each even-numbered year" (effective 1 January 2019).
30 July 2019: Governor Gavin Newsom (Democratic) signed SB 27 which requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's primary ballot. The state's Constitution says "The candidates on the (presidential primary) ballot are those found by the Secretary of State to be recognized candidates throughout the nation or throughout California." [Article II, sec. 5(c)]
This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.
Under California law, voters must be registered as Republicans to request a Republicans primary ballot.
All 172 of California's delegates to the Republican National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders in today's California Presidential Primary.
... for the 2020 Primary Election, if California law imposes additional requirements on presidential candidates to be placed on the ballot and a nationally recognized candidate for President is denied access to the ballot, the Committee shall meet after March 15, 2020 and determine the Presidential candidate who shall identify the slate of delegates and alternate delegates to the Presidential Nominating Convention. This subdivision shall be inoperative as of January 1, 2021 [Rules Committee Report, Proposal Section 6.01 (E)].
For the 2020 Primary Election ... in any congressional district, or at large, shall be based on the following formula from the Primary Election votes.
In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the California's Republican Party, will attend the convention as pledged delegates by virtue of their position.
The presidential candidate who received the most Republican statewide votes shall determine first which of their delegates will be selected. Each presidential candidate receiving delegates, shall select their delegates in the order of the statewide Republican vote received. [Rules Committee Report, Proposal (D) III.]
Each delegate to the Republican National Convention shall use his or her best efforts at the convention for the party's presidential nominee candidate from California to whom the delegate has pledged support until the person is nominated for the office of President of the United States by the convention, receives less than 10 percent of the votes for nomination by the convention, releases the delegate from his or her obligation, or until two convention nominating ballots have been taken. Thereafter, each delegate shall be free to vote as he or she chooses.... [California Elections Code Section 6461.(c)]
Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.
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|• ElectionVolunteer.com - California Candidate and Election Information|
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