The Green Papers
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Nebraska Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 11 May 20041
State Convention: Saturday 19 June 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F.52,479   73.3%25.   80.6%31.  100.0%
Edwards, John10,031   14.0%  
Dean, Howard5,400    7.5%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.1,490    2.1%  
Sharpton, Alfred C. "Al"1,367    1.9%  
LaRouche, Lyndon H., Jr.805    1.1%  
Uncommitted 6.   19.4% 
Total71,572  100.0%31.  100.0%31.  100.0%

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Nebraska Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


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

The Popular Vote above is based on official results obtained from the Nebraska Secretary of State for the 11 May Primary. This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.

Returns from an official source:

Here's how we estimate the delegate count (Since we do not have a break down by CD, we have divide the statewide vote by 3 to estimate the CD vote):

  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 11 May 2004: 24 of 31 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Nebraska Presidential Primary. 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.

  • 16 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 3 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 6
    • CD 2: 5
    • CD 3: 5
  • In addition, 8 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 5 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 3 Pledged PLEOs

Saturday 19 June 2004 - State Convention.

The remaining 7 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 6 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 5 Democratic National Committee members
    • 1 Member of Congress (1 Senator and 0 Representatives)
    • 0 Governors
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected by the State Convention).

These 7 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Nebraska Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District1616
Pledged PLEO33
Pledged At-Large55
Total Pledged2424
Alternate Pledged District33
Alternate Pledged PLEO00
Alternate Pledged At-Large11
Total Alternates44
Unpledged 7
Pages 2
Pledged District 1KerryJames DakeAmes, NE
Pledged District 1KerryHon. Annette McRoyLincoln, NE
Pledged District 1KerryMark MungerLincoln, NE
Pledged District 1KerryDanielle NantkesLincoln, NE
Pledged District 1KerryAudra OstergardLincoln, NE
Pledged District 1KerryHon. Terrance WernerLincoln, NE
Pledged District 2KerryJohn BourneOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2KerryHon. John CavanaughOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2KerryLorraine ChangOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2KerryBrittany ChungOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2KerryMark McColleyOmaha, NE
Pledged District 2KerryDonna NollOmaha, NE
Pledged District 3KerryJill InghamFriend, NE
Pledged District 3KerryMichael MeisterScottsbluff, NE
Pledged District 3KerryMaureen NickelsChapman, NE
Pledged District 3KerryJay StoddardGrand Island, NE
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Pat BourneOmaha, NE
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. D. Paul HartnettBellevue, NE
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. Carole Woods-HarrisOmaha, NE
Pledged At-LargeKerryE. Ramona BrownsonLincoln, NE
Pledged At-LargeKerryHolly BurnsLincoln, NE
Pledged At-LargeKerryElvria GarciaOmaha, NE
Pledged At-LargeKerryMaureen MonahanOmaha, NE
Pledged At-LargeKerryElizabeth RingLincoln, NE
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryHon. Ronald HugOmaha, NE
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryRebecca KaiserLincoln, NE
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryMarleen McCulloughLincoln, NE
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryStormy DeanRalston, NE
Unpledged Add-on Hon. J. James ExonLincoln, NE
Unpledged DNC Member Steven AchelpohlOmaha, NE
Unpledged DNC Member Bill AveryLincoln, NE
Unpledged DNC Member Kathleen FaheyOmaha, NE
Unpledged DNC Member Frank LaMereSouth Sioux City, NE
Unpledged DNC Member Audra OstergardLincoln, NE
Unpledged Senator
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Benjamin NelsonWashington, DC
Page Natalie BaumgartenPapillion, NE
Page Joseph SmithWayne, NE

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


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