|The Green Papers|
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Caucus: Monday 19 January 20041
County Conventions: Saturday 13 March 2004
District Conventions: Saturday 24 April 2004
State Convention: Saturday 26 June 2004
Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus
Delegate Selection: Caucus/Convention
57 total delegate votes - 29 district / 10 at large; 6 Pledged PLEOs; 11 Unpledged PLEOs; 1 Unpledged add-on
States Chronologically States Alphabetically Democratic Convention Iowa Republican
26 May 2004 Unpledged delegate preference update: Kerry: 2. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.
Senator Joe Lieberman and Retired General Wesley Clark did not campaign in Iowa.
24 April 2004 District Convention delegate results: CD 1: Kerry-4, Edwards- 1, Dean- 1; CD 2: Kerry- 3, Edwards- 2, Dean- 1; CD 3: Kerry- 6; CD 4: Kerry- 5, Edwards- 1; CD 5: Kerry- 5. Summary district delegate results: Kerry- 23, Edwards- 4, Dean- 2.
26 June 2004 State Convention delegate results: Pledged PLEO: Kerry- 10; At-Large: Kerry- 8. Summary statewide delegate results: Kerry- 18.
The Precinct results were obtained from the Iowa Democratic Party. The counts represent the 13,487 County Convention delegates elected by the 124,331 Democrats who attended the Precinct Caucuses. Last update: 26 April 2004.
Here's how we estimate the delegate count on 19 January 2004: (Based on the January 2004 Iowa Caucus results from the Iowa Democratic Party. Note that zero national convention delegates are allocated during the Precinct Caucuses - national convention delegates are first elected in June. Senator Joe Lieberman and Retired General Wesley Clark did not campaign in Iowa.)
Monday 19 January 2004: Democratic Party Caucuses meet in each precinct. Each Precinct Caucus chooses the precinct's delegates to County Conventions based on presidential preference (which, despite the media circus that quadrennially surrounds this event, is all that will be actually decided at these Iowa caucuses!).
NOTE: Estimates will, of course, be made by media outlets as well as by the campaigns of the presidential contenders themselves as to how many of Iowa's 57 National Convention delegates each presidential contender is likely to be ultimately be receiving as a result of the Iowa caucuses but, of course, since no National Convention delegates are actually being chosen by these caucuses, all such estimates will almost certainly, come the State Convention in June, be wrong!!
Example. 57 people attend a caucus electing 3 delegates. The viability is 1/6th of 57 = 9.5 rounded which is 10. Say 29 people support candidate A, 19 support candidate B, and 9 support candidate C. Candidates A and B are viable since they have support of 10 or more of the attendees. Because candidate C did not receive the support of 10 attendees, those supporting candidate C must realign to another candidate. At this point, the attendees realign themselves so 34 support candidate A and 23 support candidate B.
The caucus will next choose the precinct's delegates to the Democratic Convention of the County in which the precinct is located (which is all, despite all the media hoopla, that will be actually decided at the Iowa caucuses!) who will be allocated in proportion to the percentage of the support each "viable" presidential contender received in the second round of balloting at the precinct caucus as of the time of its adjournment. (Estimates will, of course, be made by media outlets as well as the contenders themselves as to how many of Iowa's 57 National Convention delegates each contender will ultimately be receiving but, of course, since NO National Convention delegates are actually being chosen by these caucuses, all such estimates will almost certainly, in the end, be WRONG!!!)."
Continuing the example from above: For Candidate A: 3 (total precinct delegates) × 34 (supporters) ÷ 57 (total attendees) = 1.789 which rounds to 2 precinct delegates. Candidate B receives 3 × 23 ÷ 57 = 1.211 which rounds to 1 precinct delegate. Note: Due to rounding, the sum of precinct delegates may exceed the total number of precinct delegates allocated to the caucus. If this happens, round down the candidate with the smallest fraction. Candidates receiving 1 precinct delegate are not subject to this rule, that is, candidates cannot loose their only precinct delegate during this adjustment.
Saturday 13 March 2004: Democratic Party County Conventions convene in each county. Each County Convention chooses the county's delegates to both Congressional District Conventions and the Iowa State Convention based on presidential preference. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be viable. Delegates assigned to a non-viable candidate will realign themselves to another candidate.
Saturday 24 April 2004: Democratic Party District Conventions convene in each congressional district to choose the district's 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 the district level.
Therefore, the very first time Democratic National Convention delegates from Iowa will be allocated to presidential contenders officially will be at these Saturday 24 April 2004 District Conventions!!
Posted 10 February 2004: The convention date is changed from from 12 June to 26 June 2004.
Saturday 26 June 2004: The Iowa State Democratic Convention convenes. The State Convention chooses 16 of the Iowa's 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 the statewide level.
16 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based the support for the presidential contenders in the State Convention as a whole.
The remaining 12 National Convention delegates consist of
These 12 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
Only as of Saturday 26 June 2004 will ALL of Iowa's 57 Democratic National Convention delegates have been allocated: the estimates made re: delegate allocation as a result of the Iowa caucuses will likely not match the presidential preferences and pledges of the National Convention delegates as actually chosen because it is rather probable that the field of Democratic presidential contenders on Saturday 26 June 2004 will very well be quite different from the way that same field looked at the time the Iowa Precinct Caucuses had taken place way back in January!
|Delegation to the National Convention|
Iowa Delegation (as posted by dems2004.org, 4 July 2004)
|Alternate Pledged District||0||0||5||5|
|Alternate Pledged PLEO||0||0||0||0|
|Alternate Pledged At-Large||0||0||3||3|
|Pledged District 1||Dean||Elesha Gayman||Davenport, IA|
|Pledged District 1||Edwards||Patrick Johnson||Clinton, IA|
|Pledged District 1||Kerry||Teri Murphy||Dubuque, IA|
|Pledged District 1||Kerry||Hon. Bob Osterhaus||Maquoketa, IA|
|Pledged District 1||Kerry||Matthew Schmidt||Preston, IA|
|Pledged District 1||Kerry||Megan Simpson||Dubuque, IA|
|Pledged District 2||Edwards||Gary Ficken||Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Pledged District 2||Edwards||Lauren Haldeman||North Liberty, IA|
|Pledged District 2||Kerry||Floyd Hendred||Ottumwa, IA|
|Pledged District 2||Kerry||Megan Heneke||Iowa City, IA|
|Pledged District 2||Dean||David Leshtz||Iowa City, IA|
|Pledged District 2||Kerry||Hon. Mary Mascher||Iowa City, IA|
|Pledged District 3||Kerry||Nancy Bobo||Des Moines, IA|
|Pledged District 3||Kerry||Ray Brown||Des Moines, IA|
|Pledged District 3||Kerry||Daniel Grossberg||Louisville, KY|
|Pledged District 3||Kerry||Alan Koslow||West Des Moines, IA|
|Pledged District 3||Kerry||Hon. Mary Maloney||Des Moines, IA|
|Pledged District 3||Kerry||Dori Rummelsburg-Dvorak||Clutier, IA|
|Pledged District 4||Kerry||Betty Haviland||Ames, IA|
|Pledged District 4||Edwards||Kumari Henry||Madrid, IA|
|Pledged District 4||Kerry||Daryl Lewis||Lake, IA|
|Pledged District 4||Kerry||Jackie Norris||Ames, IA|
|Pledged District 4||Kerry||Tom Salvatore||Fort Dodge, IA|
|Pledged District 4||Kerry||John Tekippe||Waukee Ave., IA|
|Pledged District 5||Kerry||Anne Cowley||Sioux City, IA|
|Pledged District 5||Kerry||Connie Bear King||Sioux City, IA|
|Pledged District 5||Kerry||Hon. Paul Shomshor||Council Bluffs, IA|
|Pledged District 5||Kerry||Hon. Roger Wendt||Sioux City, IA|
|Pledged District 5||Kerry||Teresa Wolff||Sioux City, IA|
|Pledged PLEO||Kerry||Francis Boggus||Council Bluffs, IA|
|Pledged PLEO||Kerry||Hon. Swati Dandekar||Marion, IA|
|Pledged PLEO||Kerry||Hon. Mike Gronstal||Council Bluffs, IA|
|Pledged PLEO||Kerry||Hon. Helen Miller||Ft. Dodge, IA|
|Pledged PLEO||Kerry||Hon. Linda Nelson||Norwalk, IA|
|Pledged PLEO||Kerry||Justin Shields||Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Hon. Som Baccam||Des Moines, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Christina Butts||Des Moines, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Mary Campos||Des Moines, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Araceli Goode||Des Moines, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Beth Junk||Ames, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Hon. Linda Langston||Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Augustus Lartius||Boone, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Miguel Moreno||Glenwood, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||John Thomas Powers||Waterloo, IA|
|Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Monica Severson||Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Alternate Pledged District||Kerry||Katherine Allikian||Carlisle, IA|
|Alternate Pledged District||Kerry||Hon. Deborah Berry||Waterloo, IA|
|Alternate Pledged District||Kerry||Thomas Furlong||Letts, IA|
|Alternate Pledged District||Kerry||Kate Gronstal||Council Bluffs, IA|
|Alternate Pledged District||Kerry||Frank Sample||Des Moines, IA|
|Alternate Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Newman Abuissa||Iowa City, IA|
|Alternate Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Hon. Ro Foege||Mount Vernon, IA|
|Alternate Pledged At-Large||Kerry||Hon. Amanda Ragan||Mason City, IA|
|Unpledged Add-on |
|Christie Vilsack||Des Moines, IA|
|Unpledged Congressman||Hon. Leonard Boswell||Falls Church, VA|
|Unpledged DNC Member||Hon. Chet Culver||Des Moines, IA|
|Unpledged DNC Member||Gordon Fischer||Des Moines, IA|
|Unpledged DNC Member||Hon. Michael Fitzgerald||Des Moines, IA|
|Unpledged DNC Member||Pat Marshall||Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Unpledged DNC Member||Hon. Tom Miller||Des Moines, IA|
|Unpledged DNC Member||Hon. Sally Pederson||Des Moines, IA|
|Unpledged DNC Member||Ken Rains||Des Moines, IA|
|Unpledged DNC Member||Julianne Thomas||Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Unpledged DNC Member||Hon. Tom Vilsack||Des Moines, IA|
|Unpledged Senator||Hon. Tom Harkin||Washington, DC|
|Page||Alex Ingham||Clinton, IA|
|Page||Candace Opstvedt||Story City, IA|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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