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2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Local Unit Caucuses: Saturday 13 March 20041
District Caucuses: Saturday 3 April 2004
State Convention: Saturday 24 April 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F.289   71.9%32.   78.0%41.  100.0%
Kucinich, Dennis J.41   10.2%  
Edwards, John35    8.7%  
Dean, Howard27    6.7%1.    2.4% 
Uncommitted7    1.7%8.   19.5% 
Clark, Wesley K.3    0.7%  
Total402  100.0%41.  100.0%41.  100.0%

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Kansas Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


26 May 2004 Unpledged delegate preference update: Kerry: 1. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.

The results of the 13 March 2004 caucuses were obtained from the Kansas Democratic Party.

Media reports state that about 2,000 registered Democrats participated in the caucuses.

Results from a media source

Here's how we compute the delegate count (from the results of the 13 March caucuses. Note that the first time national delegates are selected is at the 3 April 2004 district 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.


12 March 2003: The GOP-controlled Senate passed a bill to cancel the primary and return to the caucus system. Republican House Speaker Doug Mays said the reason was twofold: Bush likely will be nominated again and the state is facing a $750 million shortfall. (FOX news)



Saturday 13 March 2004 - Local Unit (first tier) Caucuses

402 delegates are selected at 50 Local Unit Conventions held in either a state senate district or a congressional district. The Local Unit delegates elect the District Level delegates. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated District Level delegates.

  • CD 1: 12 local unit conventions, 94 district level delegates
  • CD 2: 14 local unit conventions, 106 district delegates
  • CD 3: 12 local unit conventions 112 district delegates
  • CD 4: 12 local unit conventions, 90 district delegates

The District Conventions must certify the list of elected delegates with the State Party by 16 March 2004.


Saturday 3 April 2004: 33 of 41 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of today's Kansas District (second tier) Caucuses. 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.

  • 22 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the caucus results in each of the State's 4 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 5
    • CD 2: 6
    • CD 3: 6
    • CD 4: 5
  • In addition, 11 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on statewide caucus preferences.
    • 7 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 4 Pledged PLEOs

Saturday 24 April 2004 - State Convention

The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 7 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members
    • 1 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 1 Representative)
    • 1 Governor
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected during the State Convention).

These 8 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Kansas Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District12122
Pledged PLEO044
Pledged At-Large077
Total Pledged13233
Alternate Pledged District044
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large112
Total Alternates156
Unpledged  8
Pages  2
Pledged District 1KerryMegan ChallenderManhattan, KS
Pledged District 1KerryCathleen GordonColby, KS
Pledged District 1KerryChristopher GordonColby, KS
Pledged District 1KerryTimothy PetersonMonument, KS
Pledged District 1KerryDonald ReifHoisington, KS
Pledged District 2KerryCrystal GatewoodColumbus, KS
Pledged District 2KerryTimothy GrahamLawrence, KS
Pledged District 2KerryBarbara MeyerManhattan, KS
Pledged District 2KerryMark PetersonPittsburg, KS
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Lawrence WilsonTopeka, KS
Pledged District 2KerryHon. Carolyn Wims-CampbellTopeka, KS
Pledged District 3KerryBecky FastLawrence, KS
Pledged District 3KerryHon. Jacqueline JohnsonMission Hills, KS
Pledged District 3KerryTom KanatzarKansas City, KS
Pledged District 3DeanLori LearnedLawrence, KS
Pledged District 3KerryWilliam RoyLenexa, KS
Pledged District 3KerryTom ThompsonMission, KS
Pledged District 4KerryHon. Donald BettsWichita, KS
Pledged District 4KerryCecilia BlackwellWichita, KS
Pledged District 4KerryJill DockingWichita, KS
Pledged District 4KerryE. L. Lee KinchDerby, KS
Pledged District 4KerryHon. Judith LoganbillWichita, KS
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Anthony HensleyTopeka, KS
Pledged PLEOKerryDan LykinsTopeka, KS
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Carol MarinovichKansas City, KS
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Pat Huggins PettyKansas City, KS
Pledged At-LargeKerryBeth BradrickPittsburg, KS
Pledged At-LargeKerryRoger FrischenmeyerHutchinson, KS
Pledged At-LargeKerryKathy GreenleeLawrence, KS
Pledged At-LargeKerryPat LehmanWichita, KS
Pledged At-LargeKerryEllen NeufeldInman, KS
Pledged At-LargeKerryRehan RezaTopeka, KS
Pledged At-LargeKerryJesse SolisEmporia, KS
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryJason DiltsWichita, KS
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryAlyce EdwardsKansas City, KS
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryLloyd HullTopeka, KS
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryPhyllis WincklerSylvan Grove, KS
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryJim HarringtonLiberal, KS
Alternate Pledged At-LargeDeanMary TaylorRoeland Park, KS
Unpledged Add-on Hon. John MooreTopeka, KS
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Dennis MooreLenexa, KS
Unpledged DNC Member Chris GallawayAlexandria, VA
Unpledged DNC Member Lawrence GatesOverland Park, KS
Unpledged DNC Member Teresa KrusorWinfield, KS
Unpledged DNC Member Larry TenopirTopeka, KS
Unpledged DNC Member Constance WrayLouisburg, KS
Unpledged Governor
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Kathleen SebeliusTopeka, KS
Page Joshua CriswellKansas City, KS
Page Autumn ScheidWichita, KS

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


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