The Green Papers
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Idaho Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 25 May 2004
State Convention: Thursday 10 June - Saturday 12 June 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Bush, George W.110,800   89.5%26  81.2%32 100.0%
(none of the names shown)12,993   10.5%  
Uncommitted 6  18.8% 
Total123,793  100.0%32 100.0%32 100.0%

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Idaho Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


The Popular Vote above is based on official returns from the 25 May Primary. This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.

President George W. Bush was the only Presidential contender to receive at least 5% of the vote. President Bush will receive all 26 pledged delegates.

Official returns from the 25 May 2004 Primary by the Idaho Secretary of State:



Tuesday 25 May 2004: 80% of Idaho's 32 delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on results of today's Idaho Presidential Primary. When computing 80% of the total delegation, round up any fraction to the next largest whole number. [32 × 0.80 = 25.6, rounded up to 26]

26 National Convention delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide. A 5% threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates.

  • When computing the delegate allocation, round any fractions to the nearest whole number. If rounding results in an unallocated delegate, award the delegate to the candidate receiving the highest number of votes. If rounding results in more delegates than are available for allocation, subtract a delegate from the candidate receiving the least number of votes.

Thursday 10 June - Saturday 12 June 2004: The Idaho State Republican Convention convenes.

Prior to the Primary, the Republican party provided the Secretary of State with a list of delegates and alternates pledged to Presidential contenders. At the State Convention, the pledged delegates (who comprise 80% of the delegates and 80% of the alternates) are chosen are off this list according to the results of the primary.

The remaining 20% of the delegates are unpledged and are selected as follows:

  • 3 National Convention delegates are chosen by the convention as a whole. These 3 delegates will go to the Republican National Convention officially "Unpledged".
  • 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Idaho's Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position.


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