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 District of Columbia Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Pre-primary Caucus: Saturday 16 May 2020 (presumably)
Primary: Tuesday 9 June 2020 (presumably)1
State Party Committee: Tuesday 23 June 2020 (presumably)
Democrats
CandidateDelegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
(available)17.0 100.00%24.0 100.00%41.0 100.00%41 100.00%
Total17.0 100.00%24.0 100.00%41.0 100.00%41 100.00%

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District of Columbia Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
 
District of Columbia State and Local Government

 
   

Saturday 16 May 2020 (presumably): Pre-primary Caucus at the Washington Convention Center. Call to order at 10am EDT (?), Adjournment at 2 pm EDT (?).

Candidates who wish to be slated by Presidential Preference for the District delegate positions are elected at today's Pre-primary caucus. Statements of candidacy by Presidential Preference must be filed with the State Committee.

Candidates who wish to be At-Large and Pledged PLEO delegate positions must file a statement of candidacy by Presidential Preference with the State Committee.

 

This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.

Participation in the District of Columbia's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Voters are permitted register on election day and declare their Party preference on their Voter Registration Card which is a public record.

Tuesday 9 June 2020 (presumably): District of Columbia Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC). Delegate Pledging: Proportional Primary. Voter Eligibility: Closed Primary.

Primary (preliminary)
Included in Nationwide vote.

CandidatePop
Vote
%
Total  
 

Tuesday 9 June 2020 (presumably): 17 of 41 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's District of Columbia Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the municipal or district wide level. Here is how the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.

  • 11 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the District's 2 municipal districts (each consisting of 4 of the city's 8 wards).
  • 6 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the district wide primary vote.
    • 4 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 2 Pledged PLEOs

Primary (preliminary)

Contest
 Pop
Vote
Qual
Vote
Del
MD1 (wards 1,2,6,8)  7
MD2 (wards 3,4,5,7)  6
PLEO  2
At-Large  5
Total
Delegates
  20

National Convention District delegates are slated at the pre-primary caucus and are selected by the D.C. Democratic State Party Committee beginning with the highest vote-getting presidential preference.

 

Tuesday 23 June 2020 (presumably): State Party Committee.

National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected by the State Party Committee according to the results of the Primary.

If a presidential candidate qualifies to receive District delegates at the primary, but failed to slate a sufficient number of delegates at the pre-primary caucus, the members of the Democratic State Committee shall select the additional delegates.

The remaining 24 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 24 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 20 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 3 Members of Congress (1 nonvoting Delegate to the House of Representatives plus 2 so-called "shadow Senators" [the Democratic Party traditionally supports Statehood for the District of Columbia; in addition this number reflects the Electoral Vote of D.C. which has always gone to the Democrats in Presidential Elections]).
    • 1 "Governor" (actually, the Mayor of DC).
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 24 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

Election Authority
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  District of Columbia Official Code
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Media & others
  Capital Community News
  DCWatch
  HillZoo.com
  LegalTimes.com
  Politics1.com - District of Columbia
  The Common Denominator
  The District Chronicles
  The Georgetowner
  The Hill
  The InTowner
  The Tower - The Catholic University of America
  The Washington Post
  The Washington Times
  Washington Business Journal
  Washington Examiner
  WJLA TV - ABC
  WRC TV - NBC
  WTOP AM/FM
  WTOP AM/FM - WXTR AM
  WTTG TV - Fox
  WUSA TV - CBS

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

 


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Delegate Allocation
  Democratic Quick Reference   --   Republican Quick Reference  
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  Democratic Delegate Pledging and Voter Eligibility   --   Republican Delegate Binding and Voter Eligibility  
 
  Primaries at a Glance  
 
  Results Status and Date Retreived  
 
Documentation
  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  
 
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