2020 Louisiana Democratic presidential primary

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61 delegates (54 pledged, 7 unpledged)
to the Democratic National Convention
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Candidate Joe Biden Bernie Sanders
Home state Delaware Vermont
Delegate count 54 0
Popular vote 212,555 19,859
Percentage 79.5% 7.4%

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Election results by parish
  Joe Biden

The 2020 Louisiana Democratic presidential primary took place on Saturday, July 11, 2020, in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election. The Louisiana primary is a closed primary, with the state awarding 61 delegates, of which 54 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.

Early voting for the 2020 Democratic primary in Louisiana will take place statewide at a date to be determined.

The primary was initially scheduled for April 4. However, on March 13, 2020, the Secretary of State of Louisiana chose to postpone the state's primaries until June 20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] On April 14, the primary was further delayed another three weeks to July 11.[2] These delays would have resulted in Louisiana losing half of its delegates, as the primary date is "past a June 9 deadline set by the Democratic National Committee",[3] but there will be no penalty as the 2020 Democratic National Convention was rescheduled to August.[4]


Louisiana was initially planned to be one of three states holding primaries on April 4, 2020, the other two being Alaska and Hawaii.[5] On June 20, 2019, governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill consolidating the presidential primary with municipal and ward elections on the same date, shifting the primary date from the first Saturday in March to the first Saturday in April.[6]

Voting is expected to take place throughout the state from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. In the closed primary, candidates must meet a threshold of 15 percent at the congressional district or statewide level in order to be considered viable. The 54 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 54 pledged delegates, between 3 and 8 are allocated to both of the state's 6 congressional districts and another 7 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 12 at-large pledged delegates. These delegate totals do not account for pledged delegate bonuses or penalties from timing or clustering.[7]

Following the primary, district-level delegates will be elected at post-primary congressional district caucuses featuring mail-in balloting. The Democratic state central committee will then meet to vote on the 12 pledged at-large and 7 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 54 pledged delegates Louisiana sends to the national convention will be joined by 7 unpledged PLEO delegates (5 members of the Democratic National Committee; a sole U.S. Representative in Cedric Richmond; and the governor).[7]


2020 Louisiana Democratic presidential primary[8]
Candidate Votes % Delegates[9]
Joe Biden 212,555 79.52 54
Bernie Sanders (withdrawn) 19,859 7.43
Elizabeth Warren (withdrawn) 6,426 2.40
Michael Bennet (withdrawn) 6,173 2.31
Andrew Yang (withdrawn) 4,617 1.73
Michael Bloomberg (withdrawn) 4,312 1.61
Amy Klobuchar (withdrawn) 2,431 0.91
Pete Buttigieg (withdrawn) 2,363 0.88
Tulsi Gabbard (withdrawn) 1,962 0.73
John Delaney (withdrawn) 1,877 0.70
Steve Burke 1,537 0.58
Robby Wells 1,395 0.52
Tom Steyer (withdrawn) 902 0.34
Deval Patrick (withdrawn) 877 0.33
Total 267,286 100% 54

See also


  1. ^ Pramuk, Jacob (March 13, 2020). "Louisiana postpones Democratic primary over coronavirus, the first state to do so". CNBC. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Deslatte, Melinda (April 14, 2020). "Louisiana presidential primary pushed back again, to July 11". Associated Press. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Nick Corasaniti; Stephanie Saul (March 17, 2020). "2020 Democratic Primary Election: Voting Postponed in 5 States Because of Virus". The New York Times. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Matt Friedman (April 8, 2020). "Murphy officially delays New Jersey primary to July 7: 'I don't want a Wisconsin'". Politico. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  5. ^ Putnam, Josh. "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Putnam, Josh (June 20, 2019). "Louisiana Presidential Primary Moves to April on Bel Edwards' Signature". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Louisiana Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Results for Election Date: 7/11/2020". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Delegate Tracker". interactives.ap.org. Associated Press. Retrieved July 11, 2020.