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 Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably)
BPOU Conventions: Saturday 14 March - Monday 13 April 2020 (presumably)
District Conventions: Friday 24 April - Saturday 9 May 2020 (presumably)
State Convention: Friday 22 May - Saturday 23 May 2020 (presumably)
Republicans
CandidateDelegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
(available)39 100.00%39 100.00%39 100.00%
Total39 100.00%39 100.00%39 100.00%

States Chronologically   States Alphabetically
 
Democratic Convention
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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)]

Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): Minnesota Precinct Caucuses. Delegate Binding: Winner-Take-Most Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Open Caucus/Convention.

Included in Nationwide vote.

CandidatePop
Vote
%
Total  
 

Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): All 39 of Minnesota's delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Minnesota Precinct Caucuses. Republican Party Precinct Caucuses meet to choose the precinct's delegates to the BPOU [="Basic Political Organization Unit" (the next higher tier: County, State Senate District or State House District)] Convention. There will also be a binding Presidential Preference poll re: held in coordination with these Precinct Caucuses.

If a candidate receives 85% or more of the statewide vote, that candidate receives all 39 Congressional District and At-Large delegates. Otherwise:

  • 24 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the caucus results in each congressional district. A mandatory 10% threshold (if no candidate receives 10%, the threshold is 0%) is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the congressional district level.
  • 15 statewide delegates (10 at-large, 2 bonus, plus the 3 party leaders [the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota]) are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the caucus vote statewide. A mandatory 10% threshold (if no candidate receives 10%, the threshold is 0%) is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the statewide level.

Rounding of the CD and statewide delegates:

  • For each candidate who has reached the threshold, starting with the candidate who received the highest number of votes, multiply 3 (delegates per CD) or 14 (delegates statewide) by the number of votes received by that candidate and divide by the total number of votes cast for all presidential candidates who also reached the threshold and round to the nearest whole number.
  • Continue until all delegates are allocated.
  • If one or more delegates remain unallocated, allocate one delegate to each candidate not previously rounded up, in the order of the greatest remaining fraction less than 0.5, until all delegates have been allocated.

Precinct Caucuses (preliminary)

Contest
 Pop
Vote
Qual
Vote
Del
CD1  3
CD2  3
CD3  3
CD4  3
CD5  3
CD6  3
CD7  3
CD8  3
Statewide  14
Total
Delegates
  38

National convention delegates are bound on the first ballot at the national convention. On all subsequent ballots, the delegates are unbound. If a candidate withdraws, the delegates for that candidate become unbound. If a candidate withdraws and then returns to the race, the delegates are once again bound.

 

Saturday 14 March - Monday 13 April 2020 (presumably): Republican Party BPOU [="Basic Political Organization Unit"] Conventions convene in each BPOU. Each BPOU [either a County, State Senate District or State House District] Convention chooses delegates to both the Congressional District Conventions and the State Convention.

  • BPOU Conventions choose both the BPOU's delegates to the Republican Party Convention of the Congressional District the BPOU is a part of as well as the BPOU's delegates to the Minnesota State Republican Convention. Again, there is no formal system applied in the BPOU Convention to relate the presidential preference of the BPOU Convention delegates to the choice of the BPOU's delegates to either the Republican Convention of the Congressional District in which the BPOU is located or the Minnesota State Republican Convention. The delegates in attendance at each BPOU Convention alone determine if presidential preference is to be a factor and, if so, how it is to be applied.
 

Friday 24 April - Saturday 9 May 2020 (presumably): Republican Party District Conventions convene in each congressional district elect delegates to the Republican National Convention according to the results of the Presidential Caucuses.

 

Friday 22 May - Saturday 23 May 2020 (presumably): The Minnesota State Republican Convention officially convenes in Duluth. The State Convention chooses the 12 at-large delegates (10 base at-large delegates plus 2 bonus delegates) to the Republican National Convention according to the results of the Presidential Caucuses.

In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, will attend the convention as pledged delegates by virtue of their position.

 

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
Republican
  Minnesota House of Representatives - Republican Caucus
  Republican Party of Minnesota
Media & others
  Anoka County Union - Coon Rapids
  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

 


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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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