The Green Papers
2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions

Disclaimer:
These pages contain a combination of official, unofficial, and estimated data. The information posted here is subject to change.

The delegate selection processes herein, along with any and all dates 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.

Democrats

  • Democratic pledged delegate counts are determined by the jurisdiction's Presidential vote in 2008, 2012, and 2016; along with the jurisdiction's electoral vote allocation based on 2010 census for the number of electors in 2020.
  • Democratic unpledged delegate counts are determined by the number of DNC Members, Democratic Governors, Democratic U.S. House members, and Democratic U.S. Senators serving at the time of the convention. The count for DNC Members, Distinguished Party Leaders is from the 2016 Convention. The tallies of Governors, Democratic U.S. House members, and Democratic U.S. Senators are the current officeholders.
  • Democratic Bonus Delegates and penalties are not included in these delegate tallies.

Republicans

  • Republican delegate counts are based on the number of Republicans elected to the State Legislatures, Governors chairs, U.S. House seats, and U.S. Senators seats through 31 December 2019. Republican unpledged delegate counts are determined by state (or equivalent) party rules. We have assumed that the policies of 2016 will apply in 2020.
  • The Republican district delegate count is based on the number of U.S. House members each state will elect in 2020.
  • Republican penalties for violating the timing window are not included in these delegate tallies.
 
Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm Colorado Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucus: Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably)1
County Assemblies/Conventions: Wednesday 4 March - Saturday 28 March 2020 (presumably)
District Assemblies/Conventions: Friday 3 April - Friday 17 April 2020 (presumably)
State Assembly/Convention: Saturday 18 April 2020 (presumably)
Democrats
CandidateDelegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
(available)67 100.00%12 100.00%79 100.00%79 100.00%
Total67 100.00%12 100.00%79 100.00%79 100.00%

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

 
 

The Colorado Democrats are likely to elect their delegates by primary in 2020. In the 2016 general election, voters approved Proposition 107 which restores the presidential primary election. SB 17-305 1-4-1203: "A presidential primary election shall be held on a Tuesday on a date designated by the governor. The date selected for the primary must be no earlier than the date the national rules of the major political parties provide for state delegations to the party's national convention to be allocated without penalty and not later than the third Tuesday in March"


   

Participation in Colorado's delegate selection process is open to registered Democrats.

Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): Colorado Precinct Caucus. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus/Convention.

Precinct Caucus (preliminary)
Included in Nationwide vote.

CandidatePop
Vote
%
Total  
 

There are two separate processes in Colorado that are dealt with simultaneously: Caucuses and conventions select Colorado's National Delegates while assemblies designate candidates for nomination at the August Colorado state primary.


Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): First tier Caucuses meet in each precinct to choose delegates to the next tiers in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate receives at said caucuses- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation. How the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.

A fine point: In some counties delegates are elected from the precinct caucuses to the congressional and/or state assembly/conventions. In other counties, delegates are elected from the precinct caucuses to the county assembly/conventions and then to the congressional assembly/convention and state assembly/conventions.

National Convention Delegate Estimate
Based on the Precinct Caucuses (preliminary)

Contest
 State
Convention
delegates
Qualified
State
Convention
delegates
Del
CD1  8
CD2  7
CD3  6
CD4  5
CD5  5
CD6  6
CD7  6
PLEO  9
At-Large  14
Total
Delegates
  66

NOTE: It is the Congressional District and the State Conventions [with delegates to both chosen by the aforementioned County Conventions] that will, respectively, actually pledge Democratic National Convention delegates to presidential contenders.

 

Wednesday 4 March - Saturday 28 March 2020 (presumably): County Assemblies/Conventions - held no later than 25 days after the precinct caucuses.

Delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions are allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate receives at the County Conventions- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation.

NOTE: It is the Congressional District and the State Conventions [with delegates to both chosen by the aforementioned County Conventions] that will, respectively, actually pledge Democratic National Convention delegates to presidential contenders.

 

Friday 3 April - Friday 17 April 2020 (presumably): Congressional District Assemblies/Conventions. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus/Convention. 43 of 79 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in Colorado District Conventions. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the congressional district level.

  • 43 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the convention results in each of the State's 7 congressional districts.

District Conventions (preliminary)

Contest
 State
Convention
delegates
Qualified
State
Convention
delegates
Del
CD1  8
CD2  7
CD3  6
CD4  5
CD5  5
CD6  6
CD7  6
Total
Delegates
  43

National Convention District Delegates are elected at the district conventions.

 

Saturday 18 April 2020 (presumably): State Assembly/Convention convenes. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus/Convention. 24 of 79 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the preferences of convention participants as a whole. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the statewide level.

  • 15 at-large National Convention delegates
  • 9 Pledged PLEOs

These statewide delegates are elected by the State Convention.

State Convention (preliminary)

Contest
 State
Convention
delegates
Qualified
State
Convention
delegates
Del
At-Large  14
PLEO  9
Total
Delegates
  23

The remaining 12 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 12 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 6 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 4 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 3 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former DNC Chairman Roy Romer).

These 12 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

 

Notes

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.
 

Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Colorado Constitution and Revised Statutes
Election Authority
  Colorado Secretary of State
  Colorado Secretary of State - Elections Center
  Secretary of State - Elections & Voting
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Colorado General Assembly
Democratic
  Colorado Democratic Party
  Democratic Caucus
Media & others
  Aspen Daily News
  Aurora Daily Sun & Sentinel
  BizWest - Boulder
  Carbondale Valley Journal
  Colorado Daily - Boulder
  Colorado Political News - ColoradoPols.com
  Colorado Politics, News and Inside Information
  Cortez Journal
  Criag Daily Press
  Daily Reporter-Herald - Loveland
  Delta County Independent
  Denver Post
  Glenwood Springs Post Independent
  Greeley Tribune
  Gunnison Country Times
  Haxtun-Fleming Herald
  Lamar Daily News
  Mineral County Miner
  Monte Vista Journal
  Montrose Daily Press
  Pine River Times - Bayfield
  Politics1.com - Colorado
  Pueblo Chieftain
  Rifle Citizen Telegram
  Rio Blanco Herald Times
  Rocky Mountain News - Denver
  Snowmass Village Sun
  Summit Daily News - Frisco
  The Aspen Times
  The Canyon Courier - Evergreen
  The Colorado Independent - Denver
  The Colorado Statesman - Denver
  The Coloradoan - Fort Collins
  The Crested Butte News
  The Daily Camera - Boulder
  The Daily Sentinel - Grand Junction
  The Daily Times-Call - Longmont
  The Durango Herald
  The Fort Morgan Times
  The Gazette - Colorado Springs
  The Herald Democrat - Leadville
  The Journal Advocate - Sterling
  The Mountain Mail - Salida
  The Mountain-Ear - Nederland
  Times-Call - Longmont
  Vail Daily

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

 


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