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2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Tuesday 1 March 2016
BPOU Conventions: Saturday 12 March - Monday 11 April 2016
District Conventions: Friday 22 April - Saturday 7 May 2016
State Convention: Friday 20 May - Saturday 21 May 2016
38 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 24 re: 8 congressional districts / 3 party / 1 bonus
States Chronologically States Alphabetically
Source: 2016 National Delegate Selection.
Source: Minnesota Precinct Caucus.
"... beginning at 7:00 p.m. ... there shall be held ... a party caucus ... The chairs of the two largest major political parties shall jointly submit to the secretary of state, no later than March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the single date on which the two parties have agreed to conduct their precinct caucuses ... If the chairs of the two largest major political parties do not jointly submit a single date for conducting their precinct caucuses ... the first Tuesday in February shall be considered the day of a major political party precinct caucus." [Minnesota Statutes 202A.14 § Subdivision 1. (a), (b)(1), (3)]
Tuesday 1 March 2016: All 38 of Minnesota's delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Minnesota Precinct Caucuses. Republican Party Precinct Caucuses meet to choose the precinct's delegates to the BPOU [="Basic Political Organization Unit" (the next higher tier: County, State Senate District or State House District)] Convention. There will also be a binding Presidential Preference poll re: held in coordination with these Precinct Caucuses.
If a candidate receives 85% or more of the statewide vote, that candidate receives all 38 Congressional District and At-Large delegates. Otherwise:
Rounding of the CD and statewide delegates:
CD1: Trump is limited to 1 delegate.
National convention delegates are bound on the first ballot at the national convention. On all subsequent ballots, the delegates are unbound. If a candidate withdraws, the delegates for that candidate become unbound. If a candidate withdraws and then returns to the race, the delegates are once again bound.
Saturday 12 March - Monday 11 April 2016: Republican Party BPOU [="Basic Political Organization Unit"] Conventions convene in each BPOU. Each BPOU [either a County, State Senate District or State House District] Convention chooses delegates to both the Congressional District Conventions and the State Convention.
Friday 22 April - Saturday 7 May 2016: Republican Party District Conventions convene in each congressional district elect delegates to the Republican National Convention according to the results of the Presidential Caucuses.
Friday 20 May - Saturday 21 May 2016: The Minnesota State Republican Convention officially convenes in Duluth. The State Convention chooses the 11 at-large delegates (10 base at-large delegates plus 1 bonus delegates) to the Republican National Convention according to the results of the Presidential Caucuses.
In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, will attend the convention as pledged delegates by virtue of their position.
The State Central Committee elected Rick Rice as National Committeeman and re-elected Janet Beihoffer as National Committeewoman.
On 14 February 2015, Minnesota Democratic-Farmer Labor and the Republican Party of Minnesota set 1 March 2016 as the joint date for their Precinct Caucuses.
SF 1205, introduced by Republican state Senators Julianne E. Ortman, Scott J. Newman, Karin Housley, Eric R. Pratt, and John C. Pederson on 26 February 2015, would move the state's partisan Primary from 2nd Tuesday in August and create concurrent partisan and Presidential Primaries on the last Tuesday in March (29 March 2016).
HF 1567, introduced by state Representative Joe Hoppe (Republican) on 9 March 2015, is identical to SF 1205.
On 20 May 2016, Governor Mark Dayton (Democratic) signed SF 2985 which established a Presidential Primary for 2020. "(a) A presidential ... primary must be held each year in which a president ... [is] to be ... elected. (b) The party chairs must jointly submit to the secretary of state, no later than March 1 in a year prior ... the single date on which the parties have agreed to conduct the presidential ... primary ... 1. If a date is not jointly submitted by the deadline, the presidential nomination primary must be held on the 1st Tuesday in March ... No other election may be conducted on the date of the presidential nomination primary." [Session Law Chapter: 162] [Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 207A.11, signed by the Governor 20 May 2016, effective 1 July 2017]
Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.
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|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Minnesota Campaign Finance Board|
|• Minnesota Secretary of State Elections and Voting|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
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|• Minnesota Senate|
|• Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus|
|• Minnesota State Legislature|
|• MN Senate GOP - Twitter|
|• Minnesota House of Representatives - Republican Caucus|
|• Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Media & others|
|• Austin Daily Herald|
|• Brainerd Dispatch|
|• Cannon Falls Beacon|
|• Duluth News Tribune- Duluth|
|• Echo Press - Alexandria|
|• KSTP TV - ABC - Saint Paul|
|• Minnesota E-Democracy - Minneapolis|
|• Minnesota Lawyer - Minneapolis|
|• Minnesota Public Radio|
|• MinnPost - Minneapolis|
|• Morrison County Record - Little Falls|
|• Pioneer Press - Minneapolis - St. Paul|
|• Politics in Minnesota - St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report|
|• Politics1.com - Minnesota|
|• Southwest Journal|
|• St. Paul Legal Ledger|
|• Star Tribune - Minneapolis|
|• The Annandale Advocate|
|• The Austin Daily Herald|
|• The Journal - New Ulm|
|• The West Central Tribune - Willmar|
|• Winona Daily News|
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