The Green Papers: Election 2000 
Democratic PartyMississippi Democrat
Primary: Tuesday, March 14, 2000
Popular VoteDelegate Votes
Floor VoteHard Total
Gore, Al  79,408  90%   48.  100%   37.   77%
Uncommitted                11.   23%
Bradley, Bill  7,621   9%            
LaRouche, Lyndon  1,573   2%            
Total  88,602 100%   48.  100%   48.  100%
Voter Eligibility: Open Primary, Polls Close at 7 PM CST (0100 UTC)
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary

48 total delegate votes - 24 district / 8 at-large; 5 Pledged PLEOs; 10 Unpledged PLEOs; 1 Unpledged add-on

Last modified Sunday, December 24, 2000
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30 April 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 10, Bradley 0. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" field.

19 March 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 14 March Primary. This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.

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. Bill Bradley, having withdrawn from the campaign, is not entitled to receive At-Large and PLEO delegates.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 37  37  0

The number of delegates per district is ESTIMATED (I do not have an accurate count). Gore is the only candidate to receive 15% or more of the popular vote and thus receives all the delegates.

Tuesday 14 March 2000: 37 of 48 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Mississippi Presidential Primary.

  • "24 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 5 congressional districts. In addition, 8 at-large National Convention delegates plus 5 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 remaining 11 National Convention delegates consist of 10 Unpledged PLEOs and 1 Unpledged "add-on"; these 11 delegates will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

The breakdown of unpledged delegates is:

  • 6 Democratic National Committee members
  • 3 Members of Congress (Representatives)
  • 1 Governor
  • 1 add-on

Mississippi has 82 counties and 5 congressional districts: 71 counties are wholly within a given congressional district; 11 counties are divided among more than one congressional district.

UNDIVIDED COUNTIES (those wholly within one Congressional District):

  • CD # 1: Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, DeSoto, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Webster and Yalobusha
  • CD # 2: Bolivar, Carroll, Claiborne, Coahoma, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Leflore, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo
  • CD # 3: Clarke, Clay, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Rankin, Scott, Smith and Winston
  • CD # 4: Adams, Amite, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pike, Simpson, Walthall and Wilkinson
  • CD # 5: Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry and Stone

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

  • Attala: CDs 2 & 3
  • Grenada: CDs 1 & 2
  • Hinds: CDs 2 & 4
  • Jones: CDs 3 & 4
  • Leake: CDs 2 & 3
  • Madison: CDs 2 & 3
  • Montgomery: CDs 1 & 2
  • Oktibbeha: CDs 1 & 3
  • Panola: CDs 1 & 2
  • Tallahatchie: CDs 1 & 2
  • Wayne: CDs 3 & 5

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