Posted by: José Cabrera | May 21, 2008

Information on Puerto Rico’s Democratic Primary

The 2008 Puerto Rico Democratic primary will take place on June 1, 2008.  It will be an open primary.

Puerto Rico initially planned to hold caucuses, as was done in 2000 and 2004, on June 7, 2008. In December 2007, a typo in the plan was discovered; the caucus date should have read June 1, 2008.  Puerto Rico also decided to conduct a primary, rather than caucuses.  

Puerto Rico has 55 pledged delegates which will be alloted on a proportional basis and 8 unpledged “superdelegates“.  Puerto Rico will select 1 Unpledged add-on delegate.  Selection of the unpledged add-on delegate will occur at the Assembly of the Democratic Party of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico on June 21, 2008 in San Juan.  As of April 30, 2008, 4 superdelegates had announced support for Sen. Hillary Clinton and 2 had announced support for Sen. Barack Obama.  

Polls will open from 8 AM to 3 PM, prevailing local time, Atlantic Standard Time (AST) (UTC-4, same as Eastern Daylight Time).

In a poll conducted from March 31-April 5, 2008, Clinton leads Obama by 13%, holding 50% to his 37%, with 13% undecided and a margin of error of ± 4.4%.


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