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2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Idaho Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
County Caucus: Tuesday 24 February 20041
State Convention: Thursday 17 June - Sunday 20 June 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F.210   55.4%13.   56.5%23.  100.0%
Edwards, John87   23.0%5.   21.7% 
Dean, Howard42   11.1%  
Uncommitted26    6.9%5.   21.7% 
Kucinich, Dennis J.14    3.7%  
Total379  100.0%23.  100.0%23.  100.0%

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Idaho Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


While the Idaho Secretary of State Elections Division lists John Kerry, Dennis Kucinich, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., and Al Sharpton on the ballot as candidates, the delegates from Idaho to the Democratic National Convention are actually being chosen via a Caucus/Convention procedure already underway. Therefore, the results of the Idaho Presidential Primary of Tuesday 25 May 2004 are not being used by the Democratic Party and any votes cast therein are merely advisory.

25 June 2004 Unpledged delegate preference update: Kerry: 3. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.

State Convention update: National Convention Delegates elected: Kerry- 13, Edwards- 5.

Official returns from the 25 May 2004 Primary by the Idaho Secretary of State: Kerry: 25,921 (82.3%), None of the Names Shown 2,479 (7.9%) , Kucinich: 1,568 (5.0%), Sharpton: 927 (2.9%), LaRouche: 590 (1.9%).

Precinct Caucus results were obtained from a party source. Media reports indicate 4,920 Democrats participated in the precinct caucuses. Here's how we estimated the delegate count at the time of the 28 February precinct 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.


Tuesday 24 February 2004: Democratic Party Caucuses meet in each county. Each County Caucus chooses delegates to the Idaho State Democratic Convention based on presidential preference.

  • "The County Caucus chooses the county's delegates to the Idaho State Convention. Such delegates to the State Convention are allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate received at the County Caucus- 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 completes the delegate roll-call at the State Convention.


Thursday 17 June - Sunday 20 June 2004 : The Idaho State Democratic Convention meets. On 19 June, the Idaho State Convention chooses the 12 congressional district, 4 at-large and 2 Pledged PLEO delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

18 of 23 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate received at the State 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.

  • 12 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the results in each of the State's 2 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 6
    • CD 2: 6
  • In addition, 6 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 4 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" (Nominated by State Chair during the State Convention on 19 June).

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

Delegation to the National Convention

Idaho Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District4812
Pledged PLEO022
Pledged At-Large134
Total Pledged51318
Alternate Pledged District123
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large000
Total Alternates123
Unpledged  5
Pages  2
Pledged District 1KerryJoyce BairdBoise, ID
Pledged District 1EdwardsDani DiazLewiston, ID
Pledged District 1KerryKathy EllisBoise, ID
Pledged District 1KerryBurke HaysNampa, ID
Pledged District 1KerryJames JefferyGrangeville, ID
Pledged District 1EdwardsBraden LangBoise, ID
Pledged District 2KerryAlan BlinkenSun Valley, ID
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Donna BoePocatello, ID
Pledged District 2EdwardsAmanda BrownBoise, ID
Pledged District 2KerryBethine ChurchBoise, ID
Pledged District 2EdwardsMark EchohawkPocatello, ID
Pledged District 2KerryDan WilliamsBoise, ID
Pledged PLEO
Delegation Chair
KerryHon. Marilyn HowardBoise, ID
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Wendy JaquetKetchum, ID
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsCarol BrownIdaho Falls, ID
Pledged At-LargeKerryCaroline GonzalesBoise, ID
Pledged At-LargeKerryKarl MalottNampa, ID
Pledged At-LargeKerryAngel RamosGooding, ID
Alternate Pledged DistrictEdwardsThomas BrozStar, ID
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryJames RamseyPonderay, ID
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryHon. Amy WynnAmerican Falls, ID
Unpledged Add-on Lewis AndrewsAmerican Falls, ID
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Carolyn BoyceBoise, ID
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Gail BrayBoise, ID
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Edgar MalepeaiPocatello, ID
Unpledged DNC Member Peter RichardsonBoise, ID
Page Tyler CarricoMullan, ID
Page Katie GaronzikBoise, ID

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


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