2020 New York Democratic primary

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2020 New York Democratic primary

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270 delegates (224 pledged, 46 unpledged)

The 2020 New York Democratic primary is expected to 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 New York primary is a closed primary, with the state awarding 30 delegates, of which 21 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.


New York is expected to join 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] While state statute holds that the primary will be held on February 4,[1] the state is expected to designate April 28, 2020 as its presidential primary date, aligning it with other contests on the same day.[3]

Voting is expected to take place throughout the state from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 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 224 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 224 pledged delegates, between 5 and 10 are allocated to each of the state's 27 congressional districts and another 37 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 49 at-large pledged delegates. These delegate totals do not account for pledged delegate bonuses or penalties from timing or clustering.[4]

District-level delegates are selected by voters 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 by the state committee at a special post-primary caucus before the state convention. The state Democratic committee meeting, slated for May 2020, will vote on the 49 pledged at-large and 37 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 224 pledged delegates New York sends to the national convention will be joined by 46 unpledged PLEO delegates (21 members of the Democratic National Committee; 23 members of Congress, including both Senators, notably Kirsten Gillibrand, and 21 U.S. Representatives; the governor; and former president Bill Clinton).[4]


Head-to-head polls[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
of error
de Blasio
Other Undecided
Siena College Jun 2–6, 2019 385 25% 56% 11% 8%


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ Putnam, Josh (June 18, 2019). "New York Assembly Passes April Presidential Primary Bill". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "New York Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. May 3, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.

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