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2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Alaska Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses and District Caucuses: Saturday 20 March 20041
State Party Convention: Saturday 22 May 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F. 47.8%7.   38.9%17.   94.4%
Kucinich, Dennis J. 26.5%6.   33.3%1.    5.6%
Uncommitted 12.0%5.   27.8% 
Dean, Howard 11.1%  
Edwards, John 2.6%  
Total 100.0%18.  100.0%18.  100.0%

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Alaska Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


Final results delegate selection results from the 22 May State Convention: Kerry: 7 delegates, Kucinich: 6 delegates.

Media reports state that about 500 Democrats participated in the caucuses. Here's how we estimated the delegate count from at the time of the 20 March 2004 caucuses:

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard votes cast for those candidates who do not meet the threshold.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the state-wide qualified vote.
  3. In each jurisdiction (CD and statewide):
    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.

CD100.0%74.3%847.8%5.147526.5%2.853311.1%12.0% 2.6%
PLEO100.0%74.3%247.8%1.287126.5%0.713111.1%12.0% 2.6%
At-Large100.0%74.3%347.8%1.930226.5%1.070111.1%12.0% 2.6%



Saturday 20 March 2004: Democratic Party Caucuses meet in each precinct. Each Precinct Caucus chooses delegates to the Legislative District Conventions based on presidential preference.

  • "The Precinct Caucus chooses the precinct's delegates to the Legislative District Convention in which the precinct is located. Such Legislative District delegates from the precinct are allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate received at the Precinct Caucus- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation."

District Conventions meet in each Legislative District. Each Legislative District Convention chooses delegates to the Alaska State Democratic Convention based on presidential preference.

  • "These District Conventions choose the Legislative District's delegates to the Alaska State Democratic Convention. Such State Convention delegates from the Legislative District are to be allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate received at the Legislative District Convention- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being required for such allocation."

Note: The Presidential preferences of the delegates may not be known until the Convention Chair counts the sub-caucuses at the State Convention.


Saturday 22 May 2004: The Alaska State Democratic Convention convenes. The State Convention chooses Alaska's 13 Pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention. 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 Alaska State Convention chooses 8 district delegates, such choice reflecting the support for the presidential contenders among the delegates to the State Convention from each Legislative District.

In addition, 5 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based the support for the presidential contenders in the State Convention as a whole.

  • 3 at-large National Convention delegates
  • 2 Pledged PLEOs

The remaining 5 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 4 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members
    • 0 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 0 Representatives)
    • 0 Governors
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected at the state convention).

These 5 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Alaska Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District448
Pledged PLEO112
Pledged At-Large213
Total Pledged7613
Alternate Pledged District213
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large011
Total Alternates224
Unpledged  5
Pages  2
Pledged DistrictKucinichCarol AndersonJuneau, AK
Pledged DistrictKerryWillie AndersonJuneau, AK
Pledged DistrictKerryThomas BegichAnchorage, AK
Pledged DistrictKucinichAndrea DollAuke Bay, AK
Pledged DistrictKerryNatalie HaleJuneau, AK
Pledged DistrictKucinichThomas HigginsAnchorage, AK
Pledged DistrictKerryKimberly Metcalfe-HelmarJuneau, AK
Pledged DistrictKucinichDaryl NelsonChugiak, AK
Pledged PLEOKucinichDiane CarpenterBethel, AK
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. David GuttenbergFairbanks, AK
Pledged At-LargeKerryHon. Scott KawasakiFairbanks, AK
Pledged At-LargeKucinichNiilo KoponenFairbanks, AK
Pledged At-LargeKerrySarah ScanlanAnchorage, AK
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryHon. Katherine HurleyWasilla, AK
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryIan OlsonFairbanks, AK
Alternate Pledged DistrictKucinichHon. Valerie TherrienFairbanks, AK
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKucinichDavid BantzFairbanks, AK
Unpledged Add-on Marlene JohnsonJuneau, AK
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. John DaviesFairbanks, AK
Unpledged DNC Member Claudia DouglasWasilla, AK
Unpledged DNC Member Cindy SpanyersJuneau, AK
Unpledged DNC Member
Delegation Chair
 Scott SterlingAnchorage, AK
Page Jesseca BoyerEagle River, AK
Page Casey FentonAnchorage, AK

1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.


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