The Popular Vote above is based on official returns from the 29
February Primary. Any registered voter (regardless of party
affiliation) may participate in this winner-take-all primary. Voters
are asked to sign the following pledge before voting: "I, the
undersigned, state that I do not intend to participate in the
nomination process of any other party than the Republican
Here's how we estimate the delegate count:
- The candidate receiving the highest popular vote receives 56 delegates. Bush has received the most votes.
Tuesday 29 February 2000: Virginia Republican Presidential
- "The winner of Virginia Republican Primary will receive all of
Virginia's votes on the first ballot at the national convention, unless
released by the candidate. The Delegates are not bound on any
subsequent ballot, or for a vice presidential candidate, or for any
particular issue in the platform."
LOCAL MASS MEETINGS, PARTY CANVASSES OR CONVENTIONS:
The election of the actual National Convention delegates (who will be
formally pledged to the winner of the Virginia Republican Primary on
February 29, 2000) 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.
Saturday 13 May 2000 - Saturday 27 May 2000: Congressional District Conventions.
Following the local elections, each congressional district will hold a
convention and elect three Delegates to the Republican National
Convention (who will be pledged to support the winner of the Virginia
Republican Primary on Tuesday February 29, 2000). The district
convention also nominates a Presidential Elector who
would represent the district in the Electoral College if the Republican
Presidential nominee carries Virginia on Tuesday November 7, 2000.
Only duly elected Delegates representing the independent cities and
counties of the congressional district may vote at the congressional
Friday 2 June - Saturday 3 June 2000: State Convention in Virginia Beach.
The actual selection of delegates to the Republican National
Convention will occur between May 13 and June 3, 2000 at the
Republican Party's State and Congressional District Conventions.
At-Large Delegates will be selected at the State Convention.
The State Convention elects At-Large Delegates to the Republican National
Convention (all of whom will be pledged to support the winner of the
Virginia Republican Primary on February 29, 2000). The State Convention
also elects a State Party Chairman, a National
Committeeman and a National Committeewoman; in addition, the State
Convention nominates two At-Large Presidential Electors to
serve in the Electoral College if the Republican Presidential nominee
carries Virginia on Tuesday November 7, 2000.
Only duly elected Delegates representing the each of the independent
cities and counties in Virginia may vote at the State Convention.