The Green Papers
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Puerto Rico Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Caucus: Sunday 6 June 2004 (cancelled)1
Democratic Assembly: Sunday 13 June 2004 (cancelled)
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F. 51.   89.5%56.   98.2%
Uncommitted 6.   10.5% 
(not voting)  1.    1.8%
Total 57.  100.0%57.  100.0%

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Puerto Rico Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


News report:

Edited from the Puerto Rico Herald 4 June 2004:

"The Puerto Rico delegation to the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating convention will be evenly split between the territory’s "commonwealth" and statehood parties. The 50/50 split was insisted on by representatives of the presumptive nominee Senator John Kerry."
"As there were 53 candidates for the 53 delegate positions, Roberto Prats, chair of the territorial Democratic committee, cancelled the caucuses."
"The statehood party’s Senate leader, Kenneth McClintock, Puerto Rico’s Democratic National Committeeman, negotiated the composition of the delegation with Prats. It includes 29 people nominated by Prats and 29 put forth by McClintock. In addition to Prats and McClintock and the 53 "elected" delegates, the delegation includes "commonwealth" party gubernatorial candidate Anibal Acevedo Vila because of his position as the territory’s resident commissioner in the U.S. Congress, Puerto Rico’s Democratic National Committeewoman, and the territorial Democratic committee’s vice-chair."
"The Kerry campaign had the power to enforce its position because it could veto candidates "running" as pledged to support the senator from Massachusetts. With Kerry having no opposition for the nomination, all of Puerto Rico’s delegates are to be pledged to Kerry."



Sunday 6 June 2004 (cancelled): The Puerto Rico Senatorial District Caucuses convene. The caucuses choose Puerto Rico's 51 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 either the senatorial district or islandwide level.

33 district delegates are proportionally allocated by senatorial district (Puerto Rico has no congressional districts).

  • District 1 San Juan: 4
  • District 2 Bayamón: 5
  • District 3 Arecibo: 4
  • District 4 Mayagüez: 4
  • District 5 Ponce: 4
  • District 6 Guayama: 4
  • District 7 Humacao: 4
  • District 8 Carolina: 4

In addition, 11 at-large and 7 Pledged PLEOs are proportionally allocated by the islandwide vote.

  • 11 at-large National Convention delegates
  • 7 Pledged PLEOs

Sunday 13 June 2004 (cancelled) - Democratic Assembly

The remaining 6 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 5 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 3 Democratic National Committee members
    • 1 Members of Congress (Resident Commissioner= non-voting Delegate in the House of Representatives)
    • 1 Governor
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected during the Democratic Assembly).

These 6 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Puerto Rico Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District3333
Pledged PLEO00
Pledged At-Large00
Total Pledged3333
Alternate Pledged District66
Alternate Pledged PLEO00
Alternate Pledged At-Large00
Total Alternates66
Unpledged 5
Pages 0
Pledged District 1KerryCarlos Romero BarcelóSan Juan, PR
Pledged District 1KerryFrancisco ChévereArecibo, PR
Pledged District 1KerryMaría Teresa GonzálezAguadilla, PR
Pledged District 1KerryAdelia Aponte ParsiArecibo, PR
Pledged District 2KerryIvonne AlvarezBayamón, PR
Pledged District 2KerryLuisette CabañasGuaynabo, PR
Pledged District 2KerryFerancisco J. DomenechSan Juan, PR
Pledged District 2KerryHéctor GrauBayamón, PR
Pledged District 2KerryJohanne VélezGuaynabo, PR
Pledged District 3KerryBlanca Paniagua AdornoCarolina, PR
Pledged District 3KerryIrba M. Batista CruzCarolina, PR
Pledged District 3KerryJosé La LuzCarolina, PR
Pledged District 3KerryAngel MuñozRío Grande, PR
Pledged District 4KerryJulizutle Colón BilbrautGuayama, PR
Pledged District 4KerryHon. Jesús ColónOrocovis, PR
Pledged District 4KerryMargarita NolascoCoamo, PR
Pledged District 4KerryHon. Cirilo Tirado RiveraGuayama, PR
Pledged District 5KerryNestor DupreyCaguas, PR
Pledged District 5KerryOrlando Gotay, Jr.Caguas, PR
Pledged District 5KerryLudy HernandezRio Piedras, PR
Pledged District 5KerryWaleska RodríguezCaguas, PR
Pledged District 6KerryHon. Lucy ArceAguadilla, PR
Pledged District 6KerryHon. Charlie DelgadoIsabela, PR
Pledged District 6KerryRosalina RamosBoqueron, PR
Pledged District 6KerryBraulio TorresSan Germán, PR
Pledged District 7KerryPedro Ortiz AlvarezPonce, PR
Pledged District 7KerryHon. Delis CastilloPonce, PR
Pledged District 7KerryNelly GutierrezYauco, PR
Pledged District 7KerryLuis MaldonadoUtuado, PR
Pledged District 8KerryEduardo BathiaSan Juan, PR
Pledged District 8KerryHerbert Brown, IIISan Juan, PR
Pledged District 8KerryAda CondeSanturce, PR
Pledged District 8KerryNancy MoralesSan Juan, PR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryCarmen ColónSan Juan, PR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryLourdes RiosPR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerrySarita RosarioPR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryLuis TorresNaranjito, PR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryManuel TorresGuaynabo, PR
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryManuel VelillaCarolina, PR
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Anibal Acevedo-VilaWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Kenneth McClintockCidra, PR
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Roberto PratsSan Juan, PR
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Mercedes Otero de RamosSan Juan, PR
Unpledged DNC Member Celita Arroyo de RoquesSan Juan, PR

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


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