2020 California Democratic primary

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2020 California Democratic primary

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495 delegates (416 pledged, 79 unpledged)

The 2020 California Democratic primary will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, as one of 14 contests scheduled on Super Tuesday in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election, following the South Carolina primary the weekend before. The California primary is a semi-closed primary, with the state awarding 495 delegates, of which 416 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.

Procedure[edit]

California is one of 14 states holding primaries on March 3, 2020, also known as "Super Tuesday",[1] having joined other states on the date after the signing of the Prime Time Primary Act by governor Jerry Brown on September 27, 2017, in an effort to increase the influence of the delegate-rich state in the nomination process.[2]

Voting will take place throughout the state from 7 a.m. until 8 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 416 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 416 pledged delegates, between 4 and 7 are allocated to each of the state's 53 congressional districts and another 54 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 90 at-large pledged delegates. Bonus delegates will be allocated as California shares a primary date with numerous other states on Super Tuesday; these numbers do not yet account for these delegates.[3]

Following the primary, district-level delegates to the national convention will be elected on Sunday, April 19, 2020 in the post-primary caucus. Should presidential candidates be allocated more delegates based on the results of the primary than delegate candidates presented, then supplemental delegates will be elected at caucuses on Saturday, May 9, 2020. The national convention delegation meeting will subsequently be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020 to vote on the 54 pledged at-large and 90 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 416 pledged delegates California sends to the national convention will be joined by 79 unpledged PLEO delegates (30 members of the Democratic National Committee; 48 members of Congress, including two Senators, notably Kamala Harris, as well as 46 U.S. Representatives, notably Eric Swalwell; and the governor).[3]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Joe
Biden
Cory
Booker
Pete
Buttigieg
Kamala
Harris
Beto
O'Rourke
Bernie
Sanders
Elizabeth
Warren
Other Undecided
UC Berkeley Jun 4–10, 2019 2,131 ± 3.0% 22% 1% 10% 13% 3% 17% 18% 4%[a] 11%
Change Research May 25–28, 2019 1,649 ± 2.4% 30% 1% 12% 15% 3% 23% 12% 3%[b]
Change Research Apr 6–9, 2019 2,003 ± 2.2% 21% 3% 9% 19% 10% 22% 8% 8%[c]
5% 11% 27% 16% 28% 9% 6%[d]
Quinnipiac University Apr 3–8, 2019 482 ± 5.9% 26% 2% 7% 17% 4% 18% 7% 7%[e] 13%
Change Research Feb 9–11, 2019 948 26% 3% 1% 26% 8% 20% 7% 7%[f]
7% 2% 53% 23% 16%[g]

Notes[edit]

Additional candidates
  1. ^ Castro, Klobuchar, and Yang with 1%; Bullock, Delaney, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Ryan, Swalwell, and Williamson with 0%
  2. ^ Castro, Gabbard, and Yang with 1%; Abrams, Bennet, Gillibrand, Gravel, Hickenlooper, Klobuchar, Inslee, Moulton, Ryan, Swalwell, and Williamson with 0%
  3. ^ Castro with 2%; Abrams, Gabbard, Inslee, Klobuchar, Swalwell, and Yang with 1%; Bennet, Delaney, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Messam, Ryan, and Williamson with 0%
  4. ^ Castro with 2%; Gabbard, Klobuchar, Ryan, and Yang with 1%; Delaney, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Messam, and Williamson with 0%
  5. ^ Castro and Klobuchar with 2%; Gabbard, Inslee, and Yang with 1%; Delaney, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Messam, and Williamson with <1%; others with <1%
  6. ^ Castro with 2%; Brown, Gabbard, Gillibrand, Holder, and Klobuchar with 1%; Bloomberg, Bullock, Cuomo, Delaney, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Swalwell, Williamson, and Yang with 0%
  7. ^ Castro with 6%; Gabbard with 4%; Delaney and Gillibrand with 2%; Yang and Williamson with 1%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Putnam, Josh. "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Johnson, Alex (September 27, 2017). "California Primaries Move to Super Tuesday to Stop Being Irrelevant". NBC News. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "California Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.

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