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 Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Saturday 15 February 2020 (presumably)
County Conventions / Legislative District Caucus: Saturday 14 March - Saturday 18 April 2020 (presumably)
State Convention: Thursday 21 May - Thursday 21 May 2020 (presumably)
Primary: Tuesday 26 May 2020 (presumably)
Republicans
CandidateDelegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
(available)44 100.00%44 100.00%44 100.00%
Total44 100.00%44 100.00%44 100.00%

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.


   

Saturday 15 February 2020 (presumably): Precinct Caucuses. Republican Party Caucuses meet in each precinct to elect delegates to the County Convention or Legislative District Caucuses [WSRP rules 14, 15, 16]. The County Conventions will, in turn, choose delegates to the State Convention.

 

Saturday 14 March - Saturday 18 April 2020 (presumably): Republican Party County Conventions and Legislative District Caucuses convene to elect delegates to the State Convention. [WSRP rule 19].

 

Thursday 21 May - Thursday 21 May 2020 (presumably): The Washington Republican State Convention (consisting of 1,500 delegates, 1,500 alternates, and the automatic delegates) convenes [WSRP rule 36]. National Convention delegates are slated.

 

Voters must sign a political party declaration on the ballot return envelope and that declaration must match the voted candidate's political party. "I declare that I am a Republican and I have not participated and will not participate in the 2020 precinct caucus or convention system of any other party."

Tuesday 26 May 2020 (presumably): Washington 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 Binding: Combined Selection Statewide: Proportional, District: Winner-Take-Most Primary. Voter Eligibility: Closed Primary.

Primary (preliminary)
Included in Nationwide vote.

CandidatePop
Vote
%
Total  
 

Tuesday 26 May 2020 (presumably): All 44 of Washington's delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Presidential Primary.

  • Each of the state's 10 congressional districts is allocated 3 delegates.
    • If a candidate receives a majority of the vote or only 1 candidate receives 20% of the vote, that candidate receives all 3 delegates.
    • If there are 2 candidates who receive at least 20% of the primary vote, then the top vote getter will be allocated 2 delegates and the other candidate will be allocated 1 delegate.
    • If no candidate receives at least 20% of the vote or more than 2 candidates receive at least 20% of the vote, then the top three vote getters each receive 1 delegate.
  • 14 at-large delegates (10 base at-large delegates plus 1 bonus delegates plus 3 RNC delegates) are allocated proportionally based on the statewide vote. At-Large candidates must receive at least 20% of the total statewide vote in order to be allocated delegates.
    • Allocation is in proportion to the total statewide vote NOT the total vote of those candidates receiving 20% or more of statewide vote.
    • Compute the number of delegates allocated to each Presidential candidate: 14 delegates × candidate's vote ÷ total statewide vote. Round to the nearest whole number.
    • If more than 14 delegates are allocated, subtract 1 delegate from the candidate or candidates furthest from the rounding threshold until 14 delegates have been allocated.
    • If fewer than 14 delegates are allocated (due to the 20% threshold or rounding), those delegates become unbound.

Primary (preliminary)

Contest
 Pop
Vote
Del
CD1 3
CD2 3
CD3 3
CD4 3
CD5 3
CD6 3
CD7 3
CD8 3
CD9 3
CD10 3
Statewide 14
Total
Delegates
 44

Delegates are bound by the primary results only on the first ballot. If no candidate receives the majority ... on the first ballot, ... delegates will vote as they choose on successive ballots.

3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Washington's Republican Party, will attend the convention as bound 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
  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
Republican
  Washington State Republican Party
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

 


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