2020 Vermont Democratic presidential primary
24 Democratic National Convention delegates (16 pledged with 11 on district-level and 5 statewide; 8 unpledged)
The number of pledged delegates won is determined by the popular vote
Election results by county
|Elections in Vermont|
The 2020 Vermont Democratic presidential primary took place in Vermont, United States, on March 3, 2020, as one of 14 contests scheduled on Super Tuesday in the Democratic Party primaries for the 2020 presidential election, following the South Carolina primary the weekend before. The Vermont primary was an open primary, with the state awarding 23 delegates towards the 2020 Democratic National Convention, of which 16 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.
The Associated Press declared Bernie Sanders the winner of the Vermont primary. Whilst Sanders had won over 85% of the vote four years previously, his underperformance in his home state in 2020 allowed former Vice President Joe Biden to garner 5 delegates alongside his second-place finish, adding to the narrative of Biden's surge in the primaries.
Sanders had served as the junior Senator from Vermont since 2007.
Vermont was one of 14 states holding primaries on Super Tuesday. Differing from past custom the Super Tuesday 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 the first shared date or on a March date in general.
Early voting began on January 18, 2020, and took six days a week between then and election day. Regular voting took place throughout the state from 5:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. in much of the state, with some precincts closing as late as 10:00 p.m. In the open primary, candidates needed to meet a threshold of 15 percent in order to be considered viable. The 16 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention were allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 16 pledged delegates, 11 were formally allocated as district delegates on the basis of the statewide result (by definition coterminous with the state's 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 result.
After town caucuses on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 (originally planned for April 7, 2020) to designate delegates for the state convention, the state convention was held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 to nominate national convention district delegates, who in turn elected the 3 pledged at-large and 2 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention at the national convention delegate meeting on June 13, 2020. The 16 pledged delegates Vermont sent to the national convention were joined by 8 unpledged PLEO delegates who were also selected at the national convention delegate meeting (4 members of the Democratic National Committee; 3 members of Congress, including Senator Patrick Leahy and U.S. Representative Peter Welch, as well as formally Independent Senator Bernie Sanders; and former DNC chair Howard Dean).
|Total pledged delegates||16|
The following people have filed and qualified to be on the ballot in Vermont.
|Source of poll aggregation||Date
|270 to Win||March 3, 2020||February 4–March 2, 2020||52.0%||14.0%||10.7%||10.3%||1.0%||12.0%|
|RealClear Politics||March 3, 2020||Insufficient recent polling to supply an average.|
|FiveThirtyEight||March 3, 2020||until March 2, 2020[e]||53.0%||14.2%||10.4%||8.9%||0.9%||12.6%|
|Vermont primary results (March 3, 2020)||50.6%||12.5%||21.9%||9.4%||0.8%||4.8%|
|Tabulation of individual polls of the 2020 Vermont Democratic Primary|
|Klobuchar withdraws from the race|
|Swayable Archived 2020-03-03 at the Wayback Machine||Mar 1–2, 2020||147 (LV)||± 11.0%||11%||16%||5%||2%||48%||17%||2%[g]||–|
|Data for Progress||Feb 28–Mar 2, 2020||236 (LV)||± 6.9%||16%||8%||1%||–||57%||16%||2%[h]||–|
|Buttigieg withdraws from the race|
|Vermont Public Radio||Feb 4–10, 2020||332 (LV)||± 4.0%||5%||7%||9%||4%||51%||13%||2%[i]||7%|
|Pete Buttigieg (withdrawn)[b]||3,709||2.35|
|Amy Klobuchar (withdrawn)[b]||1,991||1.26|
|Andrew Yang (withdrawn)[c]||591||0.37|
|Tom Steyer (withdrawn)[b]||202||0.13|
|Deval Patrick (withdrawn)[c]||137||0.09|
|Marianne Williamson (withdrawn)||135||0.09|
|Donald Trump (write-in Republican)||83||0.05|
|Julian Castro (withdrawn)||52||0.03|
|Hillary Clinton (write-in)||5||0.00|
|Michael Bennet (write-in)||3||0.00|
|Other Write-ins / Other[j]||238||0.15|
|Overvotes / Blank votes[k]||380||0.24|
Results by county
|2020 Vermont Democratic primary
(results per county)
|County||Bernie Sanders||Joe Biden||Elizabeth Warren||Michael Bloomberg||Pete Buttigieg||Amy Klobuchar||Tulsi Gabbard||Andrew Yang||Tom Steyer||Deval Patrick||Marianne Williamson||Mark Stewart||Julian Castro||Write-ins||Overvotes||Blank votes||Total votes cast|
- Filed as Mark Stewart in the Vermont primary
- Candidate withdrew during absentee voting, shortly before the primary.
- Candidate withdrew following the New Hampshire primary, when absentee voting had already begun.
- Calculated by taking the difference of 100% and all other candidates combined
- FiveThirtyEight aggregates polls with a trendline regression of polls rather than a strict average of recent polls.
A – all adults
RV – registered voters
LV – likely voters
V – unclear
- Gabbard with 0%; Steyer with no voters; "Other" with 2%
- Gabbard with 2%
- Yang with 2%; Gabbard with 1%
- "Blank" (written in) with 8 votes; Ron Paul, Michelle Obama, John Edwards, Thomas James Torgensen, and Stephen Richardson with 2 votes; 110 other write-ins with 1 vote
- 57 overvotes and 323 blank votes
- Wilson Ring (March 3, 2020). "Sanders wins his home state of Vermont on Super Tuesday". Associated Press. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
- Putnam, Josh (May 31, 2016). "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
- "Democratic Timing Penalties and Bonuses". The Green Papers. November 24, 2021. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
- WCAX (January 17, 2020). "Vermont's early primary voting period opens". WCAX 3.
- "Vermont Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. May 3, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
- "Qualified Candidates for the Vermont Presidential Primary" (PDF). Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
- "OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE CANVASSING COMMITTEE UNITED STATES AND VERMONT STATEWIDE OFFICES PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY" (PDF). Vermont Secretary of State. March 9, 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
- "Vermont Election Results 2020". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
- "Official Report of the Canvassing Committee" (PDF). Vermont Official State Website. United States and Vermont Statewide Offices. March 3, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2020. Retrieved March 26, 2020.