2020 North Dakota Democratic presidential caucuses

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18 Democratic National Convention delegates (14 pledged with 9 on district-level and 5 statewide; 4 unpledged)
The number of pledged delegates won is determined by the popular vote
 
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Candidate Bernie Sanders Joe Biden
Home state Vermont Delaware
Delegate count 8 6
Popular vote 7,682 5,742
Percentage 52.8% 39.5%

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  Joe Biden
  Bernie Sanders
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The 2020 North Dakota Democratic presidential caucuses took 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. While the North Dakota contest was in effect a party-run open primary, the state party retained the traditional caucus name, classifying it as a firehouse caucus. The state awarded 18 delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, of which 14 were pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the election.

Senator Bernie Sanders decisively won the caucuses with almost 53% of the vote and 8 delegates over former vice president Joe Biden who won almost 40% and 6 delegates, as North Dakota was the only state on that day and the last state of the primary season to vote in favour of Sanders.

Procedure

North Dakota was one of 6 states (along with Democrats Abroad) which held primaries on March 10, 2020, one week after Super Tuesday.[1] On March 13, 2019, the North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party released its draft delegate selection plan, which moved away from the previous caucus system and called for the creation, in effect, of a party-run primary referred to by the party as a "firehouse caucus".[2]

Voting by mail began on January 20, 2020, and continued through March 5.[3] On March 10, polls opened and closed simultaneously throughout the state, with in-person voting through a ballot system taking place between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Central Time Zone and from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. within the Mountain Time Zone at firehouse caucus locations across the state. Global Election Services (GES), a subsidiary of publicly traded Global Arena Holding, was retained to administer the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Presidential Primary election. In the open caucuses, candidates had to meet a threshold of 15 percent statewide in order to be considered viable. The 14 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention were allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the firehouse caucus. Of these, 9 corresponded to the result of the statewide vote (coterminous with its sole congressional district) and another 2 were allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 3 at-large pledged delegates, both also according to the statewide vote.[4] The March primary as part of Stage I on the primary timetable received no bonus delegates, in order to disperse the primaries between more different date clusters and keep too many states from hoarding on a March date.[5]

The state convention met in Minot on March 21, 2020, to designate 9 national convention district delegates, followed by the meeting of the select committee on delegates on April 4, 2020, during which the 3 pledged at-large and 2 PLEO delegates for the Democratic National Convention were designated. The delegation also included 4 unpledged PLEO delegates: 4 members of the Democratic National Committee.[4] On March 12, 2020, the state convention was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An alternate method of selecting delegates for the national convention has not yet been determined.[6]

Pledged national
convention
delegates
Type Del.
CD at-large 9
PLEO 2
At-large 3
Total pledged delegates 14

Candidates

The following candidates qualified for the ballot in North Dakota:[7]

Running

Withdrawn

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Joe
Biden
Tulsi
Gabbard
Bernie
Sanders
Other Undecided
Swayable Archived 2020-03-18 at the Wayback Machine Mar 7–9, 2020 383 (LV) ± 9% 65% 0% 31% 4%

Results

All of the withdrawn candidates had withdrawn from the race while mail-in voting had already begun.

2020 North Dakota Democratic presidential caucuses[8]
Candidate Votes % Delegates
Bernie Sanders 7,682 52.81 8
Joe Biden 5,742 39.47 6
Elizabeth Warren (withdrawn) 366 2.52
Amy Klobuchar (withdrawn) 223 1.53
Pete Buttigieg (withdrawn) 164 1.13
Michael Bloomberg (withdrawn) 113 0.78
Tulsi Gabbard 89 0.61
Andrew Yang (withdrawn) 20 0.14
Tom Steyer (withdrawn) 6 0.04
Michael Bennet (withdrawn) 3 0.02
John Delaney (withdrawn) 3 0.02
Deval Patrick (withdrawn) 2 0.01
Unsigned votes / Overvotes / Blank Votes [b]133 0.91
Total 14,546 100% 14

Results by caucus site

Caucus site[9] County Sanders % Biden % Others % Total Margin
Fargo Cass 2,682 65.22% 1,376 33.46% 54 1.32% 4,112 31.76%
Grand Forks Grand Forks 1,033 56.20% 766 41.68% 39 2.12% 1,838 14.52%
Bismarck Burleigh 1,126 48.91% 1,136 49.35% 40 1.74% 2,302 -0.44%
Minot Ward 523 53.04% 441 44.73% 22 2.23% 986 8.31%
Williston Williams 158 50.80% 139 44.69% 14 4.51% 311 6.11%
Jamestown Stutsman 156 32.84% 307 64.63% 12 2.53% 475 -31.79%
Devils Lake Ramsey 87 32.46% 176 65.67% 5 1.87% 268 -33.21%
Valley City Barnes 110 33.13% 212 63.86% 10 3.01% 332 -30.73%
Dickinson Stark 212 56.68% 152 40.64% 10 2.68% 375 16.04%
Belcourt Rolette 286 64.71% 146 33.03% 10 2.26% 442 31.67%
Cannon Ball Sioux 103 76.87% 28 20.90% 3 2.23% 134 55.97%
New Town Mountrail 164 62.84% 94 36.02% 3 1.14% 261 26.82%
Wahpeton Richland 111 38.81% 168 58.74% 7 2.45% 286 -19.93%
Fort Totten Benson 53 67.95% 21 26.92% 4 5.13% 78 41.03%
Vote By Mail - 878 39.66% 580 26.20% 756 34.14% 2,214 13.46%

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
  2. ^ Unsigned 87, over 7, blank 39 votes

References

  1. ^ Putnam, Josh (May 31, 2016). "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Putnam, Josh (March 13, 2019). "North Dakota Democrats Plan to Hold March 10 Firehouse Caucuses". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Presidential Primary in ND". North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "North Dakota Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. May 3, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Democratic Timing Penalties and Bonuses". The Green Papers. November 24, 2021. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  6. ^ "North Dakota coronavirus news, March 12: Democrats cancel state convention". The Bismarck Tribune. March 20, 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  7. ^ "ND Democrats can vote in presidential primary starting next week". The Dickinson Press. January 16, 2020. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  8. ^ "2020 Democratic Caucus Results". North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  9. ^ "North Dakota Elections Results". AP. 2020-03-10. Retrieved 2020-03-19.