The Green Papers
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright District of Columbia Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 13 January 2004
Ward Caucus: Saturday 14 February 20041
District Conventions: Saturday 6 March 2004
State Committee: Thursday 29 April 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F.4,278   46.9%9.   23.1%39.  100.0%
Sharpton, Alfred C. "Al"1,824   20.0%4.   10.3% 
Dean, Howard1,596   17.5%3.    7.7% 
Edwards, John927   10.2%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.303    3.3%  
Clark, Wesley K.93    1.0%  
(write-in/others)55    0.6%  
Lieberman, Joe31    0.3%  
Uncommitted19    0.2%23.   59.0% 
Braun, Harry W., III   
Chebib, Jeanne   
Jackson, Arthur H., Jr.   
LaRouche, Lyndon H., Jr.   
Moseley Braun, Carol   
Supreme, Vermin   
Walker, Florence   
Wojciechowski, Lucian   
Total9,126  100.0%39.  100.0%39.  100.0%

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District of Columbia Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


26 May 2004 Unpledged delegate preference update: Kerry: 8. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.

The results of the Saturday 14 February 2004 District Ward Caucuses were obtained from the District of Columbia State Committee.

Here is now we determine the delegate count:

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the caucus vote to qualify for delegates. Discard those votes cast for candidates who do not meet the threshold.
  2. Allocate Municiapal District delegates from the qualified vote in each municipal district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the District-wide 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.




Tuesday 13 January 2004: District of Columbia Democratic non-binding Primary. Today's primary has no effect on delegate allocation. (Democratic Party Rule 10A requires that all states- with the exception of Iowa and New Hampshire- not begin their delegate selection procedures until on or after Tuesday 3 February 2004).

As of Monday 10 November 2003, Democratic presidential hopefuls Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, Dick Gephardt, Wesley Clark, and John Edwards have withdrawn from the 13 January non-binding Primary.

Official results of the non-binding primary:

HOWARD DEAN42.70%17,736
AL SHARPTON34.30%14,248

Results from an official source:

These numbers would have given Dean about 9 delegates and Sharpton about 7.


Saturday 14 February 2004: 10 of 39 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the preferences expressed in today's District of Columbia post-primary Presidential Ward Caucus.

10 district delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the results in each of the District's 2 municipal districts (each consisting of 4 of the city's 8 wards. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the municipal district or citywide level.

  • municipal district 1 (Wards 1, 2, 6, 8): 5
  • municipal district 2 (Wards 3, 4, 5, 7): 5

Saturday 6 March 2004 - District Conventions. District Delegates are elected according to to the Presidential Preferences expressed at the 14 February Caucuses.


Thursday 29 April 2004 - State Committee Meeting. 6 of 39 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the preferences expressed at the 6 March Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the citywide level.

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

The remaining 23 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 21 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 17 Democratic National Committee members
    • 3 Members of Congress (1 nonvoting Delegate to the House of Representatives plus 2 so-called "shadow Senators" [the Democratic Party traditionally supports Statehood for the District of Columbia; in addition this number reflects the Electoral Vote of D.C. which has always gone to the Democrats in Presidential Elections])
    • 1 Governor (the Mayor of DC)
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 2 Unpledged "add-on"s (Selected by the DC Democratic State Committee. At least one of these delegates shall be a "Shadow" Representative, if a Democrat.).

These 23 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

District of Columbia Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District26210
Pledged PLEO0112
Pledged At-Large1214
Total Pledged39416
Alternate Pledged District0303
Alternate Pledged PLEO0000
Alternate Pledged At-Large0011
Total Alternates0314
Unpledged   23
Pages   2
Pledged District 1DeanCharles AllenWashington, DC
Pledged District 1DeanKatherine BoettrichWashington, DC
Pledged District 1SharptonHon. Robert KingWashington, DC
Pledged District 1KerryLinda LingleWashington, DC
Pledged District 1KerryHon. Andy LitskyWashington, DC
Pledged District 1KerryHon. Betty SmallsWashington, DC
Pledged District 2KerryJames BubarWashington, DC
Pledged District 2KerryClaire LucasWashington, DC
Pledged District 2SharptonDesa RuffinWashington, DC
Pledged District 2KerryKeith WashingtonWashington, DC
Pledged PLEOKerryWanda AlstonWashington, DC
Pledged PLEOSharptonRon MagnusWashington, DC
Pledged At-LargeKerryRon BitondoWashington, DC
Pledged At-LargeDeanHon. Philip PannellWashington, DC
Pledged At-LargeSharptonHarry Thomas, Jr.Washington, DC
Pledged At-LargeKerryMary WashingtonWashington, DC
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryCathleen HarringtonWashington, DC
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryJohn MortonWashington, DC
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryKurt VorndranWashington, DC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeSharptonAnita BondsWashington, DC
Unpledged Add-on Hon. Ray BrowneWashington, DC
Unpledged Add-on George FendersonWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Eleanor Holmes NortonWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Morton BahrWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member A. Scott BoldenWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Donna BrazileWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Mary Eva CandonWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Yolanda CarawayWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Arrington DixonWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Maria EchavesteWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Patricia ElwoodWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Hartina FlournoyWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Harold IckesWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Ben JohnsonWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Minyon MooreWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Mirian SaezWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Barbara Lett SimmonsWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Elizabeth SmithWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Christine WarnkeWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member James ZogbyWashington, DC
Unpledged Mayor of DC
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Anthony WilliamsWashington, DC
Unpledged Shadow Senator Hon. Florence PendletonWashington, DC
Unpledged Shadow Senator Hon. Paul StraussWashington, DC
Page Derrell SimpsonWashington, DC
Page April YorkWashington, DC

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


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