2020 Washington Democratic primary

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2020 Washington Democratic primary

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107 delegates (89 pledged, 18 unpledged)

The 2020 Washington Democratic primary will take place on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, as one of several states voting the week after Super Tuesday in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election. The Washington primary is an open primary, with the state awarding 107 delegates, of which 89 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.

Procedure[edit]

Washington is one of seven states holding primaries on March 10, 2020, one week after Super Tuesday.[1] On March 14, 2019, governor Jay Inslee signed a bill moving the state's presidential back from May to the second Tuesday in March.[2] On April 7, 2019, the Washington Democratic Party's central committee approved the usage of the hybrid vote-by-mail presidential primary in a 121–40 vote.[3]

In Washington, a vote-by-mail state, all ballots must be postmarked or dropped off by 8:00 p.m. at a designated ballot box or postmarked by the date of the primary. In the open primary, candidates must meet a threshold of 15 percent at the congressional district or statewide level in order to be considered viable. The 107 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 107 pledged delegates, between 3 and 11 are allocated to each of the state's 10 congressional districts and another 12 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 19 at-large pledged delegates. Bonus delegates will be allocated as Washington shares a primary date with numerous other states holding contests the week after Super Tuesday; these numbers do not yet account for these delegates.[4]

Legislative district caucuses will meet on Saturday, April 26, 2020 to choose congressional district caucus and state convention delegates. Counties contained within or coterminous with legislative districts may designate delegates at this time as well, while counties covering more than one district may do so during legislative district caucuses during county conventions on Sunday, May 3, 2020, which normally designate delegates for congressional district caucuses and the state convention. On Saturday, May 30, 2020, the congressional district caucuses meet to select national convention district delegates. The state party committee will subsequently meet at the state convention on Sunday, June 14, 2020 to vote on the 19 pledged at-large and 12 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 107 pledged delegates Washington sends to the national convention will be joined by 18 unpledged PLEO delegates (8 members of the Democratic National Committee; 9 members of Congress, including both Senators and 7 U.S. Representatives; and governor Jay Inslee).[4]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)

administered

Sample

size

Margin

of error

Joe

Biden

Pete

Buttigieg

Kamala

Harris

Jay

Inslee

Bernie

Sanders

Elizabeth

Warren

Other Undecided
Zogby Analytics Jul 22– Aug 1, 2019 1,265 ± 2.8% 19% 5% 9% 6% 18% 14% 14%[a] 16%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Putnam, Josh. "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Gov. Inslee signs bill moving presidential primary up to March". KING. Associated Press. March 14, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. ^ La Corte, Rachel (April 7, 2019). "Washington Democrats to use results of presidential primary". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Washington Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. May 3, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.

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