The Green Papers: Election 2000 
Democratic PartyMassachusetts Democrat
Primary: Tuesday, March 7, 2000
Popular VoteDelegate Votes
Floor VoteHard Total
Gore, Al  341,586  60%  118.  100%   58.   49%
Bradley, Bill  212,452  37%         35.   30%
Uncommitted  11,281   2%         25.   21%
All others  2,620   0%            
LaRouche, Lyndon  2,135   0%            
Total  570,074 100%  118.  100%  118.  100%
Voter Eligibility: Modified Open Primary, Polls Close at 8 PM EST (0100 UTC)
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary

118 total delegate votes - 61 district / 20 at-large; 12 Pledged PLEOs; 23 Unpledged PLEOs; 2 Unpledged add-ons

Last modified Sunday, December 24, 2000
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18 March 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 21, Bradley 2. 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Bill Bradley, having withdrawn from the campaign, is no longer entitled to receive At-Large and unpledged PLEO delegates (rule 9.C).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 8 At-Large and 5 unpledged PLEO delegates originally assigned to Bradley have been reassigned to Gore in our "Soft Pledged". The "Hard Total" however, shows the delegates as originally assigned.

The Popular Vote above is based on official returns from the 7 March Primary. Votes for "No Preference" are recorded as "Uncommitted".

Here's how we compute the delegate count:
  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard those votes cast for candidates who do not qualify.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the statewide qualified vote.
  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 93  58  35

Tuesday 7 March 2000: 93 of 118 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Massachusetts Presidential Primary.

  • "61 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the Commonwealth's 10 congressional districts (each congressional district being assigned 6 National Convention delegates, with 1 congressional district being assigned 7). In addition, 20 at-large National Convention delegates plus 12 Pledged PLEOs are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level."
  • The 9th Congressional District will have 7 delegates;
  • each of the remaining 9 CDs will have 6 delegates.

The remaining 25 National Convention delegates consist of 23 Unpledged PLEOs and 2 Unpledged "add-on"s; these 25 delegates will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

The breakdown of unpledged delegates is:

  • 9 Democratic National Committee members
  • 12 Members of Congress (2 Senators, 10 Representatives)
  • 2 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 2 add-ons

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has 14 Counties and 10 Congressional Districts: 5 counties are wholly within a congressional district; 9 counties are divided among more than one congressional district.

CD # 1 includes:

  • the entirety of BERKSHIRE COUNTY;
  • the entirety of FRANKLIN COUNTY;
  • in HAMPDEN COUNTY: Blandford, Chester, Granville, Holyoke, Montgomery, Southwick, Tolland, Westfield and West Springfield;
  • in HAMPSHIRE COUNTY: Amherst, Belchertown, Chesterfield, Cummington, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Hatfield, Huntington, Middlefield, Pelham, Plainfield, Southampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington;
  • in MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Ashby and Townsend;
  • in WORCESTER COUNTY: Ashburnham, Athol, Barre, Fitchburg, Gardner, Hardwick, Hubbardston, Leominster, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, West Brookfield, Westminster and Winchendon.

the Town of Lunenburg (Worcester County) is mostly in CD 1 but a small portion lies in CD 5.

CD # 2 includes:

  • in HAMPDEN COUNTY: Agawam, Brimfield, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Holland, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wales and Wilbraham;
  • in HAMPSHIRE COUNTY: Hadley, Northampton, South Hadley and Ware;
  • in NORFOLK COUNTY: Bellingham;
  • in WORCESTER COUNTY: Blackstone, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Sutton, Uxbridge, Warren and Webster.

the Town of Auburn (Worcester County) is mostly in CD 2 but a small portion lies in CD 3.

CD # 3 includes:

  • in BRISTOL COUNTY: Attleboro, Dartmouth, North Attleborough, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea and Westport;
  • in MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Holliston and Hopkinton;
  • in NORFOLK COUNTY: Franklin, Medway, Plainville and Wrentham;
  • in WORCESTER COUNTY: Berlin, Boylston, Clinton, Grafton, Holden, Northborough, Northbridge, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Sterling, Upton, Westborough, West Boylston and Worcester.

the City of Fall River (Bristol County) is split between CDs 3 and 4.
the Town of Foxborough (Norfolk County) is split between CDs 3 and 4.
the Town of Lancaster (Worcester County) is split between CDs 3 and 5.
the Town of Mansfield (Bristol County) is mostly in CD 3 but a small portion lies in CD 4.

CD # 4 includes:

  • in BRISTOL COUNTY: Acushnet, Berkley, Dighton, Fairhaven, Freetown, New Bedford, Norton, Raynham and Rehoboth;
  • in MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Sherborn;
  • in NORFOLK COUNTY: Brookline, Dover, Millis, Norfolk, Sharon and Wellesley;
  • in PLYMOUTH COUNTY: Bridgewater, Carver, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, Wareham and West Bridgewater.

the Town of Rockland (Plymouth County) is split between CDs 4 and 10.

CD # 5 includes:

  • in ESSEX COUNTY: Andover, Lawrence and Methuen;
  • in MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Acton, Ashland, Ayer, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Hudson, Littleton, Lowell, Marlborough, Maynard, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Wayland and Westford;
  • in WORCESTER COUNTY: Bolton, Harvard and Southborough.

as noted earlier, the Town of Lancaster (Worcester County) is split between CDs 3 and 5.

CD # 6 includes:

  • in ESSEX COUNTY: Amesbury, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Merrimac, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham and West Newbury;
  • in MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Bedford, Burlington, North Reading and Wilmington.

the Town of Reading (Middlesex County) is split between CDs 6 and 7.

CD # 7 includes:

  • in MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Arlington, Everett, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Weston, Winchester and Woburn;
  • in SUFFOLK COUNTY: Revere and Winthrop.

CD # 8 includes:

  • in MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville and Watertown;
  • in SUFFOLK COUNTY: a portion of the City of Boston plus Chelsea.

CD # 9 includes:

  • in BRISTOL COUNTY: Taunton.
  • in NORFOLK COUNTY: Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Randolph, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood;
  • in SUFFOLK COUNTY: a portion of the City of Boston.

the City of Brockton (Plymouth County) is split between CDs 9 and 10.
the Town of Easton (Bristol County) is mostly in CD 9 but a small portion lies in CD 4.

CD # 10 includes:

  • the entirety of BARNSTABLE COUNTY (=Cape Cod);
  • the entirety of DUKES COUNTY (=Martha's Vineyard plus the Elizabeth Islands);
  • the entirety of NANTUCKET COUNTY (=the island of Nantucket)
  • in NORFOLK COUNTY: Avon, Cohasset, Holbrook, Quincy and Weymouth;
  • in PLYMOUTH COUNTY: Abington, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Plymouth, Scituate and Whitman.

as noted earlier, the Town of Rockland (Plymouth County) is split between CDs 4 and 10.

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