Kentucky Democratic primary, 2008

The 2008 Kentucky Democratic primary took place on May 20, 2008. The state was allocated 60 delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Of these, 51 are pledged delegates tied to the results of the May 20th primary, and 9 are so-called superdelegatescite web |last=Berg-Andersson |first=Richard |title=Kentucky Democratic Delegation 2008|publisher=The Green Papers |url=http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P08/KY-D.phtml |accessdate=2008-05-21] . Of the 51 pledged delegates tied to the primary result, 34 are allocated as district delegates according to the vote in Ketucky's 6 congressional districts, and 17 are allocated according to the state-wide vote. Kentucky had a closed primary; it was open only to registered Democrats. Those wishing to participate in the primary had to register as Democrats 28 days prior to the primary.

As of April 30th, 2 superdelegates had pledged support for Sen. Barack Obama, and 3 for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

There are 3,545 precincts in 120 counties with 1,629,845 Democratic registered voters, and the turnout was 43.0% of the registered voters. [cite web |url=http://electionresults.ky.gov/KyElectWeb/kes?AC=3&RF=0&AR=0&R=A01000000&L=1999&N=U.S.+PRESIDENT&RV=1040438&DV=1629845&TP=3545&TC=120 |title=Kentucky State Board of Elections: Unofficial 2008 Primary Election Results, U.S. President - Statewide |publisher=Kentucky State Board of Elections |date=2008-05-20 |accessdate=2008-05-20]

Polls

According to a poll from Rasmussen Reports taken before the primary, Clinton led Obama 56% to 31% in Kentucky with 13% undecided. [cite web |url=http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/kentucky/kentucky_democratic_primary |title=Kentucky Democratic Primary |date=2008-05-06 |accessdate=2008-05-20 |work=Rasmussen Reports]

Results

Primary date: May 20, 2008

National pledged delegates determined: 51{| border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; font-size: 95%; text-align:right;"
-bgcolor="#EEEEEE" align="center"! colspan="4" | Kentucky Democratic presidential primary, 2008 [cite web |url=http://electionresults.ky.gov/KyElectWeb/kes?AC=3&RF=0&AR=0&R=A01000000&L=1999&N=U.S.+PRESIDENT&RV=1040438&DV=1629845&TP=3545&TC=120 |title=Kentucky State Board of Elections: Official 2008 Primary Election Results, U.S. President - Statewide |publisher=Kentucky State Board of Elections |date=2008-05-20 |accessdate=2008-05-21]
-bgcolor="#EEEEEE" align="center"! style="width: 17em"| Candidate! style="width: 5em"| Votes! style="width: 7em"| Percentage! style="width: 7em"| Delegates
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align="left"| Hillary Clinton
459,511
65.48%
37
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align="left"| Barack Obama
209,954
29.92%
14
-bgcolor=#FFE8E8
align="left"| "John Edwards"
"14,212"
"2.03%"
"0"
-
align="left"| Uncommitted
18,091
2.58%
0
-bgcolor="#EEEEEE"
Total
701,768
100.0%
51

Clinton by all accounts had handily defeated Obama in Kentucky. However, the celebrations were blunted because Obama received the endorsement of former presidential candidate John Edwards. [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/us/politics/08recon.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&oref=slogin]

ee also

* Democratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2008
* Kentucky Republican primary, 2008

References


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