2020 Rhode Island Democratic primary

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2020 Rhode Island Democratic primary

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30 delegates (21 pledged, 9 unpledged)

The 2020 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island primary is a semi-closed primary, with the state awarding 30 delegates, of which 21 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.


Rhode Island 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 semi-closed primary, candidates must meet a threshold of 15 percent at the congressional district or statewide level in order to be considered viable. The 21 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 21 pledged delegates, 7 each are allocated to both of the state's 2 congressional districts and another 3 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]

District-level delegates are listed on the presidential primary ballot. Should candidates be entitled to more delegates based on the results of the primary than eligible delegates presented, then additional delegates will be designated at a special post-primary caucus at the state convention on Sunday, May 17, 2020, which will also vote on the 4 pledged at-large and 3 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 21 pledged delegates Rhode Island sends to the national convention will be joined by 9 unpledged PLEO delegates (4 members of the Democratic National Committee; 4 members of Congress, including both Senators and U.S. Representatives; and the governor).[3]


  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 "Rhode Island Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. May 3, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.

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