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 Minnesota Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably)1
Organizing Unit Conventions: Saturday 14 March - Sunday 19 April 2020 (presumably)
Congressional District Conventions: Saturday 25 April - Sunday 31 May 2020 (presumably)
State Convention: Saturday 6 June 2020 (presumably)
Democrats
CandidateDelegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
(available)75 100.00%16 100.00%91 100.00%91 100.00%
Total75 100.00%16 100.00%91 100.00%91 100.00%

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Republican Convention
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Minnesota Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
 
Minnesota State and Local Government

 
 

The 2020 Presidential Primary is scheduled for 3 March 2020 unless major party chairs agree on a different date by 1 March 2019.


   

"... beginning at 7:00 p.m. ... there shall be held ... a party caucus ... The chairs of the two largest major political parties shall jointly submit to the secretary of state, no later than March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the single date on which the two parties have agreed to conduct their precinct caucuses ... If the chairs of the two largest major political parties do not jointly submit a single date for conducting their precinct caucuses ... the first Tuesday in February shall be considered the day of a major political party precinct caucus." [Minnesota Statutes 202A.14 § Subdivision 1. (a), (b)(1), (3)]

Participants in the Precinct Caucuses must consider themselves a member of the DFL Party and not an active member of any other political party.

Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): Minnesota Precinct Caucuses. Polling hours reportedly 6:30p-8:00p CST (0030-0200 UTC). Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Open Caucus/Convention.

Precinct Caucuses (preliminary)
Included in Nationwide vote.

CandidatePop
Vote
%
Total  
 

Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): First Level Precinct Caucuses. The caucuses elect delegates to the Organizing Unit Conventions. A Presidential Preference ballot is taken from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. "Uncommitted" appears on the ballot and write-ins are allowed.

75 of 91 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in the Minnesota Minnesota Precinct Caucuses. 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. How the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.

  • 49 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the results from the Conventions in each of the State's 8 congressional districts.
  • In addition, 26 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based statewide results of the caucuses.
    • 16 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 10 Pledged PLEOs

Precinct Caucuses (preliminary)

Contest
 Pop
Vote
Qual
Vote
Del
CD1  5
CD2  6
CD3  7
CD4  7
CD5  9
CD6  5
CD7  5
CD8  6
PLEO  10
At-Large  17
Total
Delegates
  77

 

"Minnesota is a caucus/convention state that utilizes a binding ballot taken at the precinct caucuses and affirmed at the Organizing Unit Convention." [Delegate Selection Plan, Section III.A.6.a.]

Delegates may not change their Presidential preference unless their candidate is no longer a candidate. Uncommitted delegates may change their Presidential preference, but once they declare they may not change their preference again unless their candidate is no longer a candidate.

These precinct meetings make up what is generally known as a "firehouse primary": during Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party precinct meetings- in which local party officers are elected and delegates are chosen for the party's county and higher tier conventions (organizational bodies having nothing directly to do with the pledging of National Convention delegates to presidential contenders [although these later meetings will choose the actual delegates themselves]).

 

Saturday 14 March - Sunday 19 April 2020 (presumably): Second Level Organizing Unit Conventions elect delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions.

 

Saturday 25 April - Sunday 31 May 2020 (presumably): Third Level Congressional District Conventions. National Convention District delegates are elected according to the Presidential Preferences expressed at the Precinct Caucuses.

 

Saturday 6 June 2020 (presumably): Fourth Level State Convention.

National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected according to the Presidential Preferences expressed at the Precinct Caucuses.

The remaining 16 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 16 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 7 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 5 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former Vice President Walter "Fritz" Mondale).

These 16 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
  http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/mncon/preamble.htm
Election Authority
  Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
  Minnesota Secretary of State Elections and Voting
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Minnesota House of Representatives
  Minnesota Senate
  Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus
  Minnesota State Legislature
  MN Senate GOP - Twitter
Democratic
  Minnesota Democratic-Farmer Labor Party
  Minnesota Senate - DFL Caucus
Media & others
  Austin Daily Herald
  Brainerd Dispatch
  Cannon Falls Beacon
  Duluth News Tribune- Duluth
  Echo Press - Alexandria
  KSTP TV - ABC - Saint Paul
  Lee Helgen for St. Paul, Minnesota City Council
  Minnesota E-Democracy - Minneapolis
  Minnesota Progressive Project
  Minnesota Public Radio
  MinnPost - Minneapolis
  Morrison County Record - Little Falls
  Northfield.org
  Pioneer Press - Minneapolis - St. Paul
  Politics in Minnesota - St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report
  Politics1.com - Minnesota
  Southwest Journal
  St. Paul Legal Ledger
  Star Tribune - Minneapolis
  The Annandale Advocate
  The Austin Daily Herald
  The Journal - New Ulm
  The West Central Tribune - Willmar
  Winona Daily News

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

 


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  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
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