The Green Papers: Election 2000 
Democratic PartyAmerican Samoa Democrat
Territorial Convention: Tuesday, March 7, 2000
Popular VoteDelegate Votes
Floor VoteHard Total
Gore, Al  21  84%    6.  100%    2.5  42%
Bradley, Bill  4  16%          0.5   8%
Uncommitted                 3.   50%
Total  25 100%    6.  100%    6.  100%
Voter Eligibility: Open Caucus
Delegate Selection: Caucus/Convention

6 total delegate votes - 3 at-large; 3 Unpledged PLEOs

Last modified Friday, August 18, 2000
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18 March 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 3, Bradley 0. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" field.

Bill Bradley, having withdrawn from the campaign, is no longer entitled to receive At-Large and unpledged PLEO delegates (rule 9.C). The American Samoa delegates were certified before Bradley withdrew, therefore, Bradley retains these delegates.

The Popular Vote above is based on unofficial returns from the 7 March convention (100% reporting).

Tuesday 7 March 2000: A Territorial Convention made up of all interested voters meets to choose 6 of American Samoa's 12 delegates to the Democratic National Convention (together representing 3 of American Samoa's 6 delegate votes at the National Convention).

  • "These 6 at-large delegates to the National Convention are elected in 'preference caucuses' at the Territorial Convention which allocate these delegates to the presidential contenders in a way which reflects the percentage of support for the candidates at the Territorial Convention- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being necessary in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates."
  • Each of these 6 Pledged delegates will only cast ½ (or .5) of a vote on the floor of the Democratic National Convention.

The remaining 6 delegates (representing American Samoa's remaining 3 delegate votes) are Unpledged PLEOs who will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

The 3 "Unpledged" votes are cast by 6 actual delegates as follows:

  • This territory's Democratic Member of Congress (=a non-voting Delegate in the House of Representatives); the territorial Delegate is an "Unpledged PLEO" and casts 1 delegate vote.
  • This territory's Democratic Governor; the territorial Governor is an "Unpledged PLEO" and casts 1 delegate vote.
  • This territory's 4 Democratic National Committee members: each of these territorial DNC members casts ¼ vote (=.25 vote) apiece for a total of 1 delegate vote.

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