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 Washington Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Thursday 26 March 2020 (presumably)1
Legislative District Caucuses: Sunday 19 April 2020 (presumably)
County Conventions: Sunday 3 May 2020 (presumably)
Congressional District Caucuses: Saturday 16 May 2020 (presumably)
Advisory Primary: Tuesday 26 May 2020 (presumably)
State Convention: Sunday 21 June 2020 (presumably)
Democrats
CandidateDelegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
(available)87.0 100.00%17.0 100.00%104.0 100.00%104 100.00%
Total87.0 100.00%17.0 100.00%104.0 100.00%104 100.00%

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

 
 

SB 5333, which moves the Presidential Primary from the 4th Tuesday in May to the 2nd Tuesday in March, was introduced on 20 January 2017.


   

Participation in Washington State's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Those who wish to participate in the caucus and convention process who are not currently registered to vote may register to vote at the caucus or convention and then participate on the same day.

Thursday 26 March 2020 (presumably): Washington Precinct Caucuses. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Modified Caucus/Convention.

Precinct Caucuses (preliminary)
Excluded from Nationwide vote.

CandidateLegislative
District
Delegates
%
Total  
 

First Tier Precinct Caucuses.

The Precinct Caucuses meet at 10am to elect delegates to the legislative district caucuses and county conventions based on presidential preference. After a preliminary tally of presidential support is completed, attendees are then provided a chance to reconsider; and a final tally is taken.

A county that is wholly within a legislative district may choose its delegates to the state convention and the congressional district caucuses at the county convention. A county that is in more than one legislative district may choose its delegates to the state convention and the congressional district caucuses at legislative district caucuses during the county convention.

Precinct Caucuses (estimated) (preliminary)

Contest
 Legislative
District
Delegates
Qualified
Legislative
District
Delegates
Del
CD1  7
CD2  7
CD3  6
CD4  4
CD5  5
CD6  7
CD7  12
CD8  6
CD9  7
CD10  6
PLEO  12
At-Large  22
Total
Delegates
  101
 

Sunday 19 April 2020 (presumably): Second Tier Legislative District Caucuses.

Legislative district caucuses meet at 1 pm to elect delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention.

 

Sunday 3 May 2020 (presumably): Second Tier County Conventions.

County Conventions meet at 1 pm to elect delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention. They also adopt county platforms and resolutions.

 

Saturday 16 May 2020 (presumably): Third Tier Congressional District Caucuses. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Modified Caucus/Convention. 87 of 104 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Congressional District 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.

  • 57 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the will of the caucus participants in each of the State's 10 congressional districts.
  • 30 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the the preferences of the 57 National Convention District delegates.
    • 11 Pledged PLEOs
    • 19 at-large National Convention delegates

Congressional District Delegates (statewide delegates estimated) (preliminary)

Contest
 District
Del
Qual
Del
Del
CD1  7
CD2  7
CD3  6
CD4  4
CD5  5
CD6  7
CD7  12
CD8  6
CD9  7
CD10  6
PLEO  12
At-Large  22
Total
Delegates
  101
 

Statewide Delegates (preliminary)

Contest
 District
Del
Qual
Del
Del
PLEO  12
At-Large  22
Total
Delegates
  34
 

Tuesday 26 May 2020 (presumably): Washington Advisory Primary. Polling hours reportedly end at 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC). Washington votes by mail. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, or dropped off in a designated ballot box by 8 p.m. local time on Election Day. Delegate Pledging: Advisory Primary. Voter Eligibility: Closed Primary. Today's primary has no affect on delegate allocation.

Advisory Primary (preliminary)

CandidatePop
Vote
%
Total  
 

Sunday 21 June 2020 (presumably): State Convention / State Party Committee.

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

The remaining 17 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 17 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 8 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 8 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 6 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 17 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
  Washington State Constitution
Election Authority
  Public Disclosure Commission
  Secretary of State's Office
  Washington Secretary of State - Elections & Voting
  Washington Secretary of State - Elections & Voting
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Washington State Legislature
  Washington State Legislature - House of Representatives
  Washington State Senate
Democratic
  Washington State Democrats
Media & others
  KING TV - Seattle
  KREM TV - Spokane
  More Voter Choice
  Northwest Daily Marker - Redmond
  PNWLocalNews - Western Washington News, Sports, Entertainment
  Politics1.com - Washington
  Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  Sound Politics - Seattle - Puget Sound
  Spokane Valley Online
  The Bellingham Herald
  The Chronicle - Centralia
  The Daily Herald - Everett
  The Daily News - Longview
  The News Tribune - Tacoma
  The Olympian - Olympia
  The Seattle Times
  The Spokesman-Review - Spokane
  Tri-City Herald - Kennewick - Pasco - Richland
  Washington Voter - League of Women Voters of Washington
  Yakima Herald-Republic

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

 


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Documentation
  Historical Analysis of the Presidential Nominating Process  
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  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
  Statutory Election Information of the Several states / Presidential Primary  
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