The Green Papers: Election 2000 
Democratic PartyDelaware Democrat
Non-binding Primary: Saturday, February 5, 2000
District Caucuses: Monday, March 27, 2000
State Convention: Saturday, April 8, 2000
Popular VoteDelegate Votes
Floor VoteHard Total
Gore, Al  6,377  57%   22.  100%   15.   68%
Uncommitted                 7.   32%
Bradley, Bill  4,476  40%            
LaRouche, Lyndon  288   3%            
Total  11,141 100%   22.  100%   22.  100%
Voter Eligibility: Closed Primary, Polls Close at 8 PM EST (0100 UTC)
Delegate Selection: Advisory Primary

22 total delegate votes - 10 district / 3 at-large; 2 Pledged PLEOs; 6 Unpledged PLEOs / 1 Unpledged add-on

Last modified Saturday, December 23, 2000
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30 April 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 6, Bradley 0. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" field.

The Popular Vote above is based on official returns from the 5 February Non-Binding Primary. The results of the 5 February primary have no effect whatsoever on delegate allocation.

27 March 2000: With 187 of 192 delegates reporting from today's caucus, the results are:

27 March 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 2, Bradley 0. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" field.

Delegate allocation is based on the results of the 27 March caucus. Here's how we estimate the delegate count:

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total caucus vote to qualify for delegates. Discard those votes cast for candidates who do not qualify.
  2. Allocate Legislative District delegates from the qualified vote statewide (Delaware has only one Congressional District). Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the statewide qualified vote. Bill Bradley, having withdrawn from the campaign, is not entitled to receive At-Large and PLEO delegates.
  3. In each jurisdiction:
    1. Total qualified vote = total votes cast for the qualifying candidates in the jurisdiction.
    2. Allocation = (delegates for the jurisdiction) × (candidate's popular vote) ÷ (total qualified vote).
    3. Assign each candidate the WHOLE NUMBER of delegates.
    4. If delegates remain, allocate each of the remaining delegates to those candidates with the LARGEST REMAINDERS.

Delegates 15  15  0

Vote counts in the table above reflect the 27 March caucus vote.

Saturday 5 February 2000: Delaware Democratic non-binding Primary. Today's primary has no effect whatsoever on delegate allocation. (Democratic Party Rule 10A requires that all states- with the exception of Iowa and New Hampshire- not begin their delegate selection procedures until on or after Tuesday 7 March 2000).

Monday 27 March 2000: District Caucuses meet to choose delegates to the 8 April State Convention. Each presidential contender receives delegates to the State Convention only if he gets at least 15 percent support at the district caucus. (The jurisdictions for the district caucuses are state Legislative districts. No National Delegates are chosen at the District level.)

Saturday 8 April 2000: All 22 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated during today's Delaware State Convention.

10 district delegates are to be allocated to the presidential contenders as Delaware has only a single at-large congressional seat. In addition, 3 at-large National Convention delegates plus 2 Pledged PLEOs are to be allocated to presidential contenders.

  • The State Convention allocates National Convention delegates to the presidential contenders based on the support the contenders have in the State Convention as a whole, subject to the 15 percent threshold requirement.

The remaining 7 National Convention delegates consist of 6 Unpledged PLEOs and 1 Unpledged "add-on"; these 7 delegates will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

The breakdown of unpledged delegates is:

  • 4 Democratic National Committee members
  • 1 Member of Congress (Senator)
  • 1 Governor
  • 1 add-on

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