The Green Papers
2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Rhode Island Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 2 March 20041
State Executive Committee: Thursday 17 June 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F.25,466   71.2%17.   53.1%32.  100.0%
Edwards, John6,635   18.6%4.   12.5% 
Dean, Howard1,425    4.0%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.1,054    2.9%  
Uncommitted415    1.2%11.   34.4% 
Lieberman, Joe303    0.8%  
Clark, Wesley K.237    0.7%  
(write-in/others)161    0.5%  
LaRouche, Lyndon H., Jr.63    0.2%  
Total35,759  100.0%32.  100.0%32.  100.0%

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Rhode Island Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


26 May 2004 Unpledged delegate preference update: Kerry: 6. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.

Official results from the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Results from a media source:
Results from an offical source:

Here's how we compute the delegate count:

  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 2 March 2004: 21 of 32 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Rhode Island 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.

  • 13 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 2 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 7
    • CD 2: 6
  • 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

Thursday 17 June 2004 - State Convention

The remaining 11 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 10 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 7 Democratic National Committee members
    • 3 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 2 Representatives)
    • 0 Governors
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected by the State Committee).

These 11 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Rhode Island Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District031013
Pledged PLEO1023
Pledged At-Large0055
Total Pledged131721
Alternate Pledged District0022
Alternate Pledged PLEO0000
Alternate Pledged At-Large0022
Total Alternates0044
Unpledged   11
Pages   2
Pledged District 1KerryJudy ChongBarrington, RI
Pledged District 1KerryJuana HortonProvidence, RI
Pledged District 1KerryHon. Richard LichtProvidence, RI
Pledged District 1EdwardsAllene MaynardProvidence, RI
Pledged District 1KerrySara McConnellProvidence, RI
Pledged District 1KerryHon. Joseph PaolinoProvidence, RI
Pledged District 1KerryAngel TaverasProvidence, RI
Pledged District 2KerryHon. David CaprioProvidence, RI
Pledged District 2KerryAmy GabarraProvidence, RI
Pledged District 2EdwardsEva MancusoProvidence, RI
Pledged District 2KerryMark SchwagerEast Greenwich, RI
Pledged District 2KerrySusan WeinerEast Greenwich, RI
Pledged District 2EdwardsRobert WeygandSaunderstown, RI
Pledged PLEOKerryHon. David CicillineProvidence, RI
Pledged PLEO
Delegation Chair
KerryHon. Bill MurphyW. Warwick, RI
Pledged PLEO(unknown)Hon. Teresa Paiva-WeedRI
Pledged At-LargeKerryHon. Hanna GalloCranston, RI
Pledged At-LargeKerryJeanne HarringtonWakefield, RI
Pledged At-LargeKerryKathy HinckleyLincoln, RI
Pledged At-LargeKerryEileen McAuliffeN. Scituate, RI
Pledged At-LargeKerryMarcia RebackProvidence, RI
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryTracey CugnoNarragansett, RI
Alternate Pledged DistrictKerryIrwin HaminTiverton, RI
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryHon. Gordon FoxProvidence, RI
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryMyrth YorkProvidence, RI
Unpledged Add-on Ani HaroianProvidence, RI
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Patrick KennedyWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. James LangevinWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Charles FogartyHarmony, RI
Unpledged DNC Member William LynchPawtucket, RI
Unpledged DNC Member Edna O'Neill MattsonN. Kingstown, RI
Unpledged DNC Member Edward McElroyWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Frank MontanaroCranston, RI
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Eleanor SlaterEast Greenwich, RI
Unpledged DNC Member Mark WeinerCranston, RI
Unpledged Senator Hon. Jack ReedWashington, DC
Page Meghan McBurneyPawtucket, RI
Page Hon. George PanichasLincoln, RI

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


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