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2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Local Mass Meetings, Party Canvasses, Conventions: Wednesday 4 February - Sunday 4 April 2004
District Conventions: Friday 7 May - Saturday 22 May 2004
State Conventions: Friday 4 June - Saturday 5 June 2004
Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus
Delegate Selection: Caucus/Convention
64 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 33 re: 11 congressional districts / 3 party / 18 bonus
While the delegates are officially not bound to any Presidential candidate, they all support President George W. Bush.
Wednesday 4 February - Sunday 4 April 2004: Local Mass Meetings, Party Canvasses, and Conventions:
The election of the actual National Convention delegates begins with local meetings held in each independent city and county of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The State Party Plan requires each independent city and county Republican Party to hold a Mass Meeting, Party Canvass or Convention to select delegates to the congressional district conventions and state convention and to elect local Party officials.
A Mass Meeting is comprised of Republican voters for the independent city or county. The Mass Meeting elects a chairman and a secretary. The chairman of the meeting appoints various committees to propose rules for the meeting, check voter registration credentials of the participants, review potential candidates for election at the meeting, and recommend resolutions. The Mass Meeting may have guest speakers in addition to voting. The Mass Meeting is thus a form of a first-tier caucus.
A Party Canvass is similar to a primary, but it is conducted by the Party rather than the government. Republican voters of the independent city or county may vote at scheduled times and places. A Party Canvass is thus a form of "party-run primary" at the most local level.
A local Convention is used less frequently than the other two methods. Delegates for the Independent City or County Convention are elected at either a mass meeting or party canvass that precedes the convention. Only Delegates may vote at an Independent City or County Convention. Large-population localities such as Fairfax County and Richmond City tend to hold such conventions because of the high number of participants which would be involved in either a mass meeting or party canvass without a convention.
Friday 7 May - Saturday 22 May 2004: Congressional District Conventions.
Following the local elections, each of the 11 congressional districts will hold a convention and elect 3 Delegates to the Republican National Convention. These 33 delegates will attend the Republican National Convention officially unpledged to any Presidential Contender.
Congression District Convention Dates:
Friday 4 June - Saturday 5 June 2004: The State Convention convenes.
The State Convention elects 28 At-Large and 3 party leader delegates (a State Party Chairman, a National Committeeman and a National Committeewoman) all of whom will attend the Republican National Convention officially unpledged to any Presidential Contender.
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