The nuts and bolts for Tuesday's primaries
April 24th, 2012
07:44 AM ET
2 years ago

The nuts and bolts for Tuesday's primaries

(CNN) - Voters in five states will head to the polls on Tuesday after a three-week lull in the Republican presidential primary season, a time in which Mitt Romney essentially secured his party's nomination.

Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island will hold primaries, with a total of 204 delegates at stake.

Here's a glimpse of the nuts and bolts for Tuesday's contests.

Connecticut:
Type of contest: Primary
Poll hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET
Who can vote: Closed primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the GOP primary.
Who's on the ballot: Gingrich, Paul, Romney, Santorum
Delegates at stake: 25 (28 total delegates; 25 at stake in primary)
Delegate allocation rule: Proportional. 10 statewide delegates are winner-take-all if winner receives more than 50% of the vote, otherwise proportional to statewide vote with 20% threshold (any remaining delegates go to the top vote-getter; 15 district delegates (5 districts with 3 delegates each) winner-take-all by district vote.
Connecticut voter registration as of 10/25/2011:
Total: 2,121,442
Republican: 431,721 (20.4%)
Democrat: 784,280 (37.0%)
Independent: 890,917 (42.0%)
Other: 14,524 (0.7%)
Democratic primary? The Democratic primary was scheduled for 4/24/2012, but was canceled because there is only one candidate on the ballot.

Delaware:

Type of contest: Primary
Poll hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET
Who can vote: Closed primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the GOP primary.
Who's on the ballot: Gingrich, Paul, Romney, Santorum
Delegates at stake: 17 (17 total delegates; all at stake in primary)
Delegate allocation rule: Winner-take-all
Delaware voter registration as of 3/1/2012:
Total: 611,448
Republican: 177,627 (29.1%)
Democrat: 289,562 (47.4%)
Other: 144,259 (23.6%)
Democratic primary? The Democratic primary was scheduled for 4/24/2012, but was canceled because there is only one candidate on the ballot.

New York:
Type of contest: Primary
Poll hours: Some polls open at 6 a.m. ET (including NYC), while most polls open at 12 p.m. ET. All polls close at 9 p.m. ET.
Who can vote: Closed primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the GOP primary.
Who's on the ballot: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (who suspended his campaign on April 10).
Delegates at stake: 92 (95 total delegates; 92 at stake in primary)
Delegate allocation rule: Proportional. 34 statewide delegates winner-take-all if winner receives more than 50% of the vote, otherwise proportional to statewide vote with 20% threshold; 58 district delegates (29 districts with 2 delegates each) allocated winner-take-all by district vote with a 20% threshold (using current district boundaries).
New York voter registration as of 11/1/2011:
Total: 11,461,679
Republican: 2,824,680 (24.6%)
Democrat: 5,660,246 (49.4%)
Independent: 2,326,786 (20.3%)
Other: 649,967 (5.7%)
Democratic primary? The Democratic primary was scheduled for 4/24/2012, but was canceled because there is only one candidate on the ballot.

Pennsylvania:
Type of contest: Primary
Poll hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET
Who can vote: Closed primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the GOP primary.
Who's on the ballot: Gingrich, Paul, Romney, Santorum
Delegates at stake: 54 (72 total delegates; 54 district delegates at stake in primary; 15 statewide delegates selected by state party)
Delegate allocation rule: 54 district delegates directly elected by voters. Ballots show names of delegate candidates, but not the presidential candidates they support. 15 statewide delegates chosen by state party, not through the primary.
Pennsylvania voter registration as of 3/19/2012:
Total: 8,197,079
Republican: 3,052,854 (37.2%)
Democrat: 4,129,464 (50.4%)
Independent: 537,268 (6.6%)
Other: 477,493 (5.8%)
Democratic primary? The Democratic primary was scheduled for 4/24/2012, but was canceled because there is only one candidate on the ballot.

Rhode Island:

Type of contest: Primary
Poll hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET (1 polling place opens at 12 p.m. ET)
Who can vote: Semi-open primary. Registered Republicans and independents (aka unaffiliated voters) may participate in the GOP primary. (Independents who vote in the GOP primary become registered as Republicans. They may disaffiliate immediately after voting, though it takes 90 days to take effect)
Who's on the ballot: Gingrich, Paul, Romney, Santorum, and Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer.
Delegates at stake: 16 (19 total delegates; 16 at stake in primary)
Delegate allocation rule: Proportional. 16 combined statewide and district delegates allocated in proportion to statewide vote, with 15% threshold.
Rhode Island voter registration as of 3/23/2012:
Total 709,449
Republican: 71,958 (10.1%)
Democrat: 282,397 (39.8%)
Independent: 354,441 (50.0%)
Other: 653 (0.1%)
Democratic primary? The Democratic primary will also be held on 4/24/2012.


Filed under: 2012 • Connecticut • Delaware • Mitt Romney • New York • Newt Gingrich • Pennsylvania • Republicans • Rhode Island • Ron Paul
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The communist GOP vote should put the severely conservative personhood candidate, Mittens, over the top. Then he can choose between Joe Walsh, Allen West, Hank Williams Jr., or Ted Nugent, to run with him.

    April 24, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Note to the flip flopper, if your servants are like the couple not paying attention or listening to anything you were saying in, I think it was CT, while you were boring the crowd . . . . good luck. :)

    April 24, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I'm done. Mission accomplished. I voted.

    April 24, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |