The Green Papers: Election 2000 
Democratic PartyWest Virginia Democrat
Primary: Tuesday, May 9, 2000
Popular VoteDelegate Votes
Floor VoteHard Total
Gore, Al  182,403  72%   39.   93%   27.   64%
Bradley, Bill  46,710  18%          3.    7%
Uncommitted                12.   29%
McDonald, Angus Wheeler  19,374   8%            
LaRouche, Lyndon  4,823   2%            
abstentions           3.    7%      
Total  253,310 100%   42.  100%   42.  100%
Voter Eligibility: Closed Primary, Polls Close at 7:30 PM EDT (2330 UTC)
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary

42 total delegate votes - 19 district / 7 at-large; 4 Pledged PLEOs; 11 Unpledged PLEOs; 1 Unpledged add-on

Last modified Tuesday, December 26, 2000
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9 May 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 9, Bradley 0. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" field.

The Popular Vote above is based on official returns from the 9 May 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 Bill Bradley, having withdrawn from the campaign, is not entitled to receive At-Large and PLEO delegates.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 30  27  3

Tuesday 9 May 2000: 30 of 42 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's West Virginia Presidential Primary.

  • "19 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 3 congressional districts. In addition, 7 at-large National Convention delegates plus 4 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 12 National Convention delegates consist of 11 Unpledged PLEOs and 1 Unpledged "add-on"; these 12 delegates will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

The breakdown of unpledged delegates is:

  • 6 Democratic National Committee members
  • 5 Members of Congress (2 Senators, 3 Representatives)
  • 1 add-on

West Virginia has 55 counties and 3 congressional districts: all 55 counties are wholly within a given congressional district and no county is divided among more than one congressional district.

  • CD 1: Barbour, Brooke, Doddridge, Grant, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Wetzel and Wood.
  • CD 2: Berkeley, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Hampshire, Hardy, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Mason, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Putnam, Randolph, Roane, Upshur and Wirt.
  • CD 3: Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Webster and Wyoming.

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