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2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Virgin Islands Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Territorial Convention: Saturday 17 April 20041
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Kerry, John F. 3.   50.0%6.  100.0%
Uncommitted 3.   50.0% 
Total 6.  100.0%6.  100.0%

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

From a new media article: St. Croix Source: "All [delegate] candidates have pledged to support Sen. John Kerry to be the Democratic Party's nominee for president of the United States."



Saturday 17 April 2004: A Territorial Convention meets to choose 6 of the Virgin Islands' 12 delegates to the Democratic National Convention (together representing 3 of the Virgin Islands' 6 delegate votes at the National Convention).

  • These 6 at-large delegates to the National Convention are elected in two "preference caucuses" at the Territorial Convention which allocate these delegates to the presidential contenders in a way which reflects the percentage of support for the candidates at the Territorial Convention- a mandatory 15 percent threshold being necessary in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates.
  • Each of these 6 Pledged delegates will only cast ½ (or .5) of a vote on the floor of the Democratic National Convention.

The remaining 6 delegates (representing the Virgin Islands' remaining 3 delegate votes) are Unpledged PLEOs who will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

The 3 "Unpledged" votes are cast by 6 actual delegates as follows:

  • This territory's Democratic Member of Congress (=a non-voting Delegate in the House of Representatives); the territorial Delegate is an "Unpledged PLEO" and casts 1 delegate vote.
  • This territory's Democratic Governor; the territorial Governor is an "Unpledged PLEO" and casts 1 delegate vote.
  • This territory's 4 Democratic National Committee members: each of these territorial DNC members casts ¼ vote (=.25 vote) apiece for a total of 1 delegate vote.

Delegation to the National Convention

Virgin Islands Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District00
Pledged PLEO00
Pledged At-Large66
Total Pledged66
Alternate Pledged District00
Alternate Pledged PLEO00
Alternate Pledged At-Large11
Total Alternates11
Unpledged 6
Pages 1
Pledged At-LargeKerryCecil BenjaminChristiansted, VI
Pledged At-LargeKerrySonia BoyceChristiansted, VI
Pledged At-LargeKerryGregory FrancisChristiansted, VI
Pledged At-LargeKerryDesiree HillSt. Thomas, VI
Pledged At-LargeKerryGlen SmithSt. Thomas, VI
Pledged At-LargeKerrySandra ThomasSt. Thomas, VI
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryToi Barbel-SmithSt. Thomas, VI
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Donna Christian-ChristensenWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Carmen GonzalezSt. Croix, VI
Unpledged DNC Member Maria HeywoodSt. Croix, VI
Unpledged DNC Member Derek HodgeSt. Thomas, VI
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. James O'BryanSt. Thomas, VI
Unpledged Governor
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Charles TurnbullCharlotte Amalie, VI
Page Omar B. U. HenrySt. Croix, VI

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


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