Minnesota Democratic caucuses, 2008

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Minnesota Democratic Caucuses, 2008

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  Barack Obama.jpg Hillary Rodham Clinton-cropped.jpg
Candidate Barack Obama Hillary Clinton
Home state Illinois New York
Delegate count 48 24
Popular vote 142,109 68,994
Percentage 66.39% 32.23%

Map showing the results of the 2008 Democratic caucuses in Minnesota

The Minnesota Democratic Caucus took place on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008 with 78 delegates at stake. The winner in each of Minnesota's eight congressional districts was awarded all of that district's delegates, totaling 47. Another 25 delegates were awarded to the statewide winner, Barack Obama. The 72 delegates represented Minnesota at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Sixteen other unpledged delegates, known as superdelegates, also attended the convention and cast their votes as well.


Candidates Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson, and John Edwards dropped out of the presidential race before the Minnesota Democratic Caucus.

Money Raised from Minnesota[edit]

Candidate Money raised[1]
Joe Biden $11,290
Hillary Clinton $630,361
Chris Dodd $63,130
John Edwards $218,697
Mike Gravel $500
Dennis Kucinich $9,640
Barack Obama $614,569
Bill Richardson $82,094


Of the 88 delegates, 72 were allocated based on the results of the caucuses. Candidates were required to reach a threshold of 15 percent support at the precinct, congressional district, and statewide levels. Unlike other caucuses, there was no realignment of nonviable groups, and the results were binding for the delegates.[2]

In 2008, there were more than 4,000 precinct caucus sites. Any Minnesotan who would be eligible to vote in the November general election, was not an active member of a party other than the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and agreed with DFL party principles was allowed to participate. All participants, by signing in, affirmed their agreement with the DFL's principles. The caucus included a presidential preference primary, in which voters cast secret ballots for presidential candidates. These results were tallied and used to elect 47 delegates from each of the state's eight congressional districts as follows:[2]

1st 5
2nd 5
3rd 6
4th 7
5th 8
6th 5
7th 5
8th 6
Total 47

An additional 25 pledged delegates were then allocated based upon the statewide caucus vote.[2] Sixteen of these delegates were allocated for Barack Obama while nine were allocated for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The remaining 16 delegates were unpledged superdelegates. The 14 Democratic Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs) included seven Democratic National Committee members, six members of the United States Congress, and former Vice President Walter Mondale. There were also two unpledged add-on delegates, elected at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party State Convention.[2]

Pre-Caucus Events, Predictions, and Polls[edit]

Polling showed a tightening race for the nomination.

Candidate Sept. 18-23, 2007[3] Jan. 18-27, 2008[4]
Hillary Clinton 47% 40%
Barack Obama 22% 33%
John Edwards 16% 12%

Caucus Night[edit]

Minnesotans turned out in record numbers to attend the 2008 Democratic Caucuses in locations throughout the state. The previous record turnout was about 80,000 in 1968 or 1972; the 2008 turnout exceeded 214,000. As the caucus results came in, Barack Obama consistently held a two-to-one lead over Hillary Rodham Clinton with strong support all throughout the state.[5][6] Turnout at the Democratic Caucuses was significantly higher than at the Minnesota Republican Caucuses that night.

Following the results of the Super Tuesday elections, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar endorsed Barack Obama.


Minnesota Democratic Presidential Caucus Results – 2008
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Democratic Barack Obama 142,109 66.39% 48
Democratic Hillary Clinton 68,994 32.23% 24
Democratic Uncommitted 1,312 0.61% 0
Democratic John Edwards 985 0.46% 0
Democratic Dennis Kucinich 361 0.17% 0
Democratic Joe Biden 129 0.06% 0
Democratic Bill Richardson 82 0.04% 0
Democratic Christopher Dodd 77 0.04% 0
Democratic Frank Lynch 17 0.01% 0
Totals 214,066 100.00% 72
Voter turnout %

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Map: Campaign money race". CNN. 2008-01-07. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  2. ^ a b c d "Precinct Caucus Frequently Asked Questions: National Delegate Selection". Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Archived from the original on April 13, 2008. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
  3. ^ "Minnesota Poll: Clinton has strong lead, but GOP race is bunched up". Star Tribune. 2007-10-02. Archived from the original on 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Public Radio News and Humphrey Institute Poll" (PDF). Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
  5. ^ Stassen-Berger, Rachel E. (2008-02-06). "Nearly 200,000 turn out in Obama victory". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  6. ^ "Unofficial Results Presidential Preference Ballot / Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Results". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-02-15.

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