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 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.

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 Tennessee Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably)
State Executive Committee: Saturday 4 April 2020 (presumably)
Republicans
CandidateDelegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
(available)58 100.00%58 100.00%58 100.00%
Total58 100.00%58 100.00%58 100.00%

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Tennessee State and Local Government

 
   

Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): Tennessee Primary. Hours reportedly 7:00a-8:00p EST / 8:00a-7:00p CST (1400-0100 UTC). The polls close at the same GMT/UTC time, that is, polls close at a particular local time in the advanced time zone and close one hour earlier local time in the lagging time zone. Poll opening times are set by county. In some counties, polls open at 9a in the prevailing time zone. Delegate Binding: Winner-Take-Most Primary. Voter Eligibility: Open Primary.

Primary (preliminary)
Included in Nationwide vote.

CandidatePop
Vote
%
Total  
 

Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): All 58 of Tennessee's delegates to the Republican National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders in today's Tennessee Presidential Primary.

27 district delegates, 3 from each of the 9 congressional districts, are to be allocated to the presidential contenders based on the primary results in each congressional district [ByLaws of the Tennessee Republican Party. Article IX. Rule C. Section 1. and Section 4A.]. The district delegates are directly elected and appear on the primary ballot.

  • If one candidate receives more than 2/3 of the vote or only 1 candidate receives 20% or more of the vote in a congressional district, that candidate receives all 3 delegates.
  • Otherwise, if 2 or more candidates receive more than 20% of the vote, the highest vote getter receives 2 delegates and the next highest vote getter receives 1 delegate.
  • Otherwise, the top 3 vote getters each receive 1 delegate.

31 (10 at-large, 18 bonus, 3 RNC) delegates are bound to presidential contenders based on the primary results statewide [Article IX. Rule C. Section 1. and Section 4B.]. About half of the at-large delegates are directly elected and appear on the primary ballot.

  • If one candidate receives more than 2/3 of the vote or only 1 candidate receives 20% or more of the vote statewide, that candidate receives all 31 delegates.
  • Otherwise, if 2 or more candidates receive more than 20% of the vote, the delegates are distributed proportionally to those candidates receiving more than 20% of the statewide vote. (Here, the "total qualified vote" is the total number of votes cast to those candidates receiving more than 20% of the statewide vote.)
  • Otherwise, delegates are distributed proportionally. (The "total qualified vote" = total statewide vote.)

Proportional distribution and rounding: Beginning with the candidate who received the most votes, multiply [the percentage of votes received] by [31 National Convention Delegates] and divide by [total qualified vote]. Round any remainder up to the next whole number. Repeat for the next highest vote getter until all 31 delegates are allocated.

Primary (preliminary)

Contest
 Pop
Vote
Qual
Vote
Del
CD1  3
CD2  3
CD3  3
CD4  3
CD5  3
CD6  3
CD7  3
CD8  3
CD9  3
Statewide  31
Total
Delegates
  58

At the National Convention, delegates are bound for at least 2 ballots. TCA §2-13-307(b) and 2-13-308.

The 28 (10 at-large, 18 bonus) At-Large delegates are bound to Presidential candidates based on the results of the primary. Half are elected in the primary and half are appointed by the Executive Committee with the consent of the respective Presidential campaigns. When determining "half" divide the total number of At-Large plus bonus delegates by 2. If there are fractional delegates, round up the number of delegates appointed by the Executive Committee and round down the number of delegates determined by the Primary. [Article IX. Rule C. Section 2.]

  • 28 At-Large delegates ÷ 2 = 14.
  • 14 are elected in the Primary and 14 are appointed by the Executive Committee.

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

 

Saturday 4 April 2020 (presumably): State Executive Committee meets.

The State Executive Committee elects the 14 remaining at-large delegates.

 

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.

 

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