2020 Delaware Democratic primary

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2020 Delaware Democratic primary

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28 delegates (17 pledged, 11 unpledged)

The 2020 Delaware Democratic primary will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, as one of several northeastern states in the "Acela primary" voting on the same date in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election. The Delaware primary is a closed primary, with the state awarding 28 delegates, of which 17 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.


Delaware joins several northeastern states in holding primaries on the same date (April 28, 2020),[1] often dubbed the "Acela primary" in reference to the namesake Amtrak service.[2]

Voting is expected to take place throughout the state from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. In the closed primary, candidates must meet a threshold of 15 percent at the city and county or statewide level in order to be considered viable. The 17 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 17 pledged delegates, between 1 and 6 are allocated to each of the state's 3 congressional districts and Wilmington and another 2 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 4 at-large pledged delegates. These delegate totals do not account for pledged delegate bonuses or penalties from timing or clustering.[3]

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, delegate selection caucuses will be held in Delaware, following representative district-level caucuses in March where delegate selection caucus delegates will be chosen. National convention subdivision-level delegates will be chosen during this process, as well as the 4 pledged at-large and 2 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 17 pledged delegates Delaware sends to the national convention will be joined by 11 unpledged PLEO delegates (6 members of the Democratic National Committee; all 3 members of Congress, including both Senators and one U.S. Representative; the governor; and, notably, former vice president Joe Biden).[3]


Poll source Date(s)
of error
Other Undecided
Gravis Marketing Jul 24–29, 2018 354 ± 5.2% 47% 5% 3% 5% 9% 2%[a] 29%


Additional candidates
  1. ^ Castro and Cuomo with 1%; Delaney with 0%


  1. ^ Putnam, Josh. "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Thompson, Steve; Nirappil, Fenit (February 6, 2019). "D.C. is slated to vote last in 2020 Democratic primaries. That might change". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Delaware Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. May 11, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.

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