The Green Papers: Election 2000 
Democratic PartyMinnesota Democrat
Precinct Meetings: Saturday, March 11 - Sunday, March 12, 2000
Popular VoteDelegate Votes
Floor VoteHard Total
Gore, Al  11,100  74%   89.   99%   72.   80%
Uncommitted  1,650  11%         16.   18%
Bradley, Bill  1,800  12%          2.    2%
Harder, Heather Anne  450   3%            
abstentions           1.    1%      
Total  15,000 100%   90.  100%   90.  100%
Voter Eligibility: Open Primary, Polls Close at 8 PM CST (0200 UTC)
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary

90 total delegate votes - 48 district / 16 at-large; 10 Pledged PLEOs; 14 Unpledged PLEOs; 2 Unpledged add-ons

Last modified Wednesday, August 16, 2000
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15 June 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 13, Bradley 0. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.

30 April 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 12, Bradley 1. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" field.

19 March 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 7, Bradley 2. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" field.

The vote above is from the 11 March and 12 March caucuses. (These are the final results).

Here's how we compute the district 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.
  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 48  46  2

The "vote" is the percentage of delegates rounded to the nearest whole number.

The 10 Pledged PLEO and 16 At-Large delegates are allocated by the statewide qualified vote. Bill Bradley, having withdrawn from the campaign, is not entitled to receive At-Large and PLEO delegates. Al Gore, the only remaining candidate to receive 15% of the statewide vote, receives these 26 delegates.

Note: Minnesota state law specifies that precinct caucuses will take place at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday in March -- March 7 this year. However, because the courts have ruled that the conduct of a political party's affairs is up to the party alone, not the Legislature, the DFL Party will be holding a binding presidential primary in conjunction with the party's precinct meetings on Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12.

Saturday 11 March and Sunday 12 March 2000: 74 of 91 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting at this weekend's Minnesota Democratic Precinct Meetings.

  • "These precinct meetings in Minnesota make up what is generally known as a "firehouse primary", as the party's precinct meetings- at which local party officers are elected and delegates are chosen for the party's county and higher tier conventions (organizational bodies having nothing directly to do with the allocation of National Convention delegates to presidential contenders though they will choose the actual delegates themselves)- are also hosting a binding presidential primary at the same time. 48 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the results from this "firehouse primary" in each of the State's 8 congressional districts. In addition, 16 at-large National Convention delegates plus 10 Pledged PLEOs are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the results from the "firehouse primary" 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."

District Delegate Allocation:

  • 5 delegates each: CDs #1, #2 and #7
  • 6 delegates each: CDs # 3 and # 6
  • 7 delegates each: CDs # 4, # 5 and # 8

The remaining 17 National Convention delegates consist of 15 Unpledged PLEOs and 2 Unpledged "add-on"s; these 17 delegates will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

The breakdown of unpledged delegates is:

  • 7 Democratic National Committee members
  • 7 Members of Congress (1 Senator, 6 Representatives)
  • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former Vice President Walter Mondale)
  • 2 add-ons

Minnesota has 87 counties and 8 congressional districts: 78 counties are wholly within a given congressional district; 9 counties are divided among more than one congressional district.

UNDIVIDED COUNTIES (wholly within one Congressional District):

  • CD # 1: Blue Earth, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona
  • CD # 2: Big Stone, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Martin, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Watonwan, Wright and Yellow Medicine
  • CD # 4: Ramsey
  • CD # 6: Anoka and Washington
  • CD # 7: Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kitson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin
  • CD # 8: Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Cook, Crow Wing, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Pine and St. Louis

DIVIDED COUNTIES (split between more than one Congressional District):

  • Benton: CDs 7 and 8
  • Dakota: CDs 1, 3, 4 and 6
  • Hennepin: CDs 3 and 5
  • LeSueur: CDs 1 and 2
  • Morrison: CDs 7 and 8
  • Nicollet: CDs 1 and 2
  • Scott: CDs 1, 2 and 3
  • Sherburne: CDs 7 and 8
  • Stearns: CDs 2 and 7

CD # 5 is wholly within Hennepin County

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