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A step-by-step presentation that shows how a round-robin style of primary elections can address the concerns of various interests.

A step-by-step presentation that shows how a round-robin style of primary elections can address the concerns of various interests.

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  • 1. Iowa Caucuses – 2/6/12
    Preserving that traditional “first in the nation” status of the Iowa caucuses, the winner of this caucus combined with the results of the Northern Marianas Islands will receive the combined delegate votes this week.
    Total Delegates assigned: 37
  • 2. New Hampshire Primary Election – 2/14/2012
    New Hampshire voters have prided themselves on being the first line of questioning of Presidential candidates and this structure maintains they will be the first state to hold a primary election.
    As candidates will not know what states they’ll be assigned until the end of the previous year, candidates will still be making their way through New Hampshire and these voters will continue to maintain their vaunted status. Their votes combined with the votes of the primary in Puerto Rico will be combined and the winner will advance to the next round.
    Total Delegates Assigned: 46
  • 3. Regular rounds commence each week – 2/21/2012
    This week votes from North Dakota and Vermont will be combined, as will votes from Montana and Rhode Island.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    North Dakota/Vermont – 45
    Montana/Rhode Island – 45
  • 4. First round elections continue - 2/28/2012
    Voters in Alaska and Delaware will decide on two candidates as ill voters in Maine and Washington, D.C.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Alaska/Delaware – 44
    Maine/D.C. – 43
  • 5. First round elections continue - 3/6/2012
    Voters in Hawaii and New Mexico decide on one set of candidates while voters in South Dakota and Guam decide on another set of candidates.
    Total Delegates Decided:
    Hawaii/New Mexico – 43
    South Dakota/Guam – 37
  • 6. First round elections continue - 3/13/2012
    Voters in Nevada and the American Samoa will decide on one set of candidates while voters in Connecticut and the U.S. Virgin Islands will decide on another set of candidates.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Nevada/Guam – 37
    Connecticut/U.S.V.I. – 37
  • 7. First round elections continue - 3/20/2012
    Voters in Colorado will decide on one set of candidates while voters in Nebraska will decide on another set of candidates.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Colorado – 36
    Nebraska – 35
    *As travel demands reduce on candidates due to single-state competitions, the number of delegates also drops.
  • 8. First round elections continue - 3/27/2012
    Voters in Idaho will decide on one set of candidates while voters in West Virginia will decide on another set of candidates.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Idaho – 32
    West Virginia – 31
  • 9. First round elections conclude - 4/3/2012
    Voters in Oregon will decide on one set of candidates while voters in Wyoming will decide on another set of candidates.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Oregon – 29
    Wyoming – 29
    Sixteen winners will emerge from this round and after a one-week break, the second round contests commence.
  • 10. Second round contests begin – 4/17/2012
    The candidate who was successful in Iowa and Northern Marianas Islands will square off with the candidate that emerged victorious from New Hampshire and Puerto Rico in Indiana.
    The candidate who navigated North Dakota and Vermont will be pitted against the candidate who won in Montana and Rhode Island in Virginia.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Virginia – 49
    Indiana – 46
  • 11. Second round contests continue – 4/24/2012
    Voters in Washington and Mississippi will decide between the candidate who won the contests in Alaska and Delaware and the candidate who won the contests in Maine and Washington, D.C.
    Voters in Utah and Massachusetts will decide between the successful candidate from New Mexico and Hawaii and the candidate who won in South Dakota and Guam.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Utah/Massachusetts - 81
    Washington/Mississippi - 80
  • 12. Second round contests continue – 5/1/2012
    This week voters in Kentucky and Arkansas decide between the winners of the Nevada/American Samoa contest and the Connecticut/U.S. Virgin Islands contest.
    Voters in Wisconsin and Kansas will choose from the candidate who won in Colorado and the successful candidates in Nebraska.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Wisconsin/Kansas – 82
    Kentucky/Arkansas – 81
  • 13. Second round contests conclude – 5/8/2012
    The voters in Minnesota and Oklahoma will choose from the successful candidate from Wyoming and the winner in Oregon.
    Voters in Maryland and Louisiana will choose between the winner in West Virginia and the successful candidate from Idaho.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Minnesota/Oklahoma – 83
    Louisiana/Maryland – 82
    At the conclusion of this week there will be eight candidates who have each accumulated anywhere from 192 – 230 delegates.
  • 14. Third round contests commence – 5/15/2012
    Elections in Michigan and Alabama will decide between the successful candidates from Indiana and Virginia in Round 2.
    Voters in Missouri and North Carolina will decide between successful candidates from Massachusetts/Utah and Washington/Mississippi.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Michigan/Alabama – 109
    North Carolina/Missouri - 107
  • 15. Third round contests complete – 5/22/2012
    This week the field will narrow to four candidates as voters in South Carolina and Arizona will decide from the candidates who advanced from Oklahoma/Minnesota and Louisiana/Maryland.
    Voters from New Jersey and Tennessee will vote on the winner from Wisconsin/Kansas and Kentucky/Arkansas.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Arizona/South Carolina – 108
    Tennessee/New Jersey – 108
  • 16. Semi-final Round – 6/5/12
    Voters in Ohio and Georgia will decide on one of the two final candidates from among the third round winners from New Jersey/Tennessee and Arizona/South Carolina.
    Voters in Pennsylvania and Illinois will decide from the winners of the elections in Michigan/Alabama and North Carolina/Missouri.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Pennsylvania/Illinois – 141
    Ohio/Georgia – 142
    The finalists will enter Super Tuesday with anywhere from 333-372 delegates pledged to vote for them.
  • 17. Super Tuesday – 6/26/12
    In order to ensure that the candidate who successfully navigates this process emerges with a significant number of delegates, the four largest states will hold their primary elections three weeks after the semifinals.
    The candidate who emerges successful on Super Tuesday will not only have demonstrated the ability to navigate a difficult series of elections but developed the resources to wage a campaign in four large states in different regions of the country.
    Total Delegates Assigned:
    Super Tuesday – 521
  • 18. Total Assigned Delegates
    Eight first round winners who didn’t advance:
    37-46 assigned delegates
    Four second round winners who didn’t advance:
    83-124 assigned delegates
    Two third round winners who didn’t advance:
    192-231 assigned delegates
    One semi-finalist with 333-372 delegates.