March 22, 2016 Contests in Arizona, Idaho and Utah

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March 22 Reps: AS, AZ and UT

149 Delegates (131 Pledged)
:  Clinton won the biggest contest of the day, the primary in Arizona, but Sanders came out a bit ahead in pledged delegates by virtue of lopsided wins in the Idaho and Utah caucuses.


Official Results - Arizona Secretary of State  |  Ballot [PDF]
M.O'Malley 3,877, R.De La Fuente 2,797, M. Steinberg 2,295, H.Hewes 1,845

Organization:  CLINTON  |  SANDERS 

As much a story as outcomes of the Republican and Democratic contests were the long lines and confusion, which Secretary of State Michele Reagan termed "completely unacceptable (+)."  Particular attention focused on Maricopa County where the County Recorder only had 60 poliing locations running for over 1.9 million registered voters, and 724 voting precincts in the county.

In the lead up to the primary Hillary Clinton held a GOTV event at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix on March 21,  On March 20 Former President Bill Clinton did a GOTV event with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords at Sunnyside High School in Tucson, and a GOTV event at Central High School gym in Phoenix.  U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez did four events in Phoenix on March 21.  The campaign also reported that, "Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, actor Sean Patrick Thomas, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, among others, will join canvass kickoffs, phone banks and other activities across the state during the final weekend of GOTV."

On March 19 Bernie Sanders held a press conference on the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales (+) and rallied at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix in the evening,.  On the evening of March 21 he rallied at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff.

Turnout in the Democratic primary was 49.35% or 468,461 ballots cast out of 949,285 registered Democrats.  Clinton carried all nine congressional districts (closest was the 9th CD) and 14 of 15 counties (all except Coconino).

85 Delegates and 6 Alternates:
50 District-level Delegates
16 At-large Delegates
 9 Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials
10 Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials

Pledged delegate allocation: Clinton 42, Sanders 33.


IDAHO CAUCUSES (23 pledged delegates)

Official Results 



More: Uncommitted 175; R.De La Fuente 4.
numbers underneath percentages are state delegates

Organization:  CLINTON  |  SANDERS

Sen. Sanders made a couple of visits to Idaho, rallying at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls on March 18, and at Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University on March 21.  Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan campaigned for Clinton at Boise State on the evening of March 17.

(Idaho Republicans voted in a presidential primary on March 8 and the regular state primary occured on May 17).

Idaho Democratic Party
March 28, 2016

 Huge Turnout for Idaho Democratic Presidential County Caucuses

With many caucus locations at capacity, the day ended with nearly 24,000 people caucusing statewide. The previous record was 2008, with 21,000.

The question of the day asked repeatedly by media everywhere: What’s driving all of this turnout?

The answer is three-fold;

Idaho Democrats have been growing and getting stronger. We have focused on building our local parties, which are closest to the people. That work has grown the base of folks who are talking to their neighbors about issues that matter. When people get a moment to block out the white noise of GOP propaganda and 24-hours of rightwing, shout-shows, they see that Idaho Democrats put communities, families, workers, and businesses first. When people learn what Idaho Democrats stand for, they stand with us.

Both the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns worked hard in Idaho. For a couple of months, they did that grassroots work that gets overlooked by the press. They made phone calls, they visited houses, they activated volunteers. Both campaigns worked very hard and are to be commended for what they did.

Bernie Sanders held rallies twice in four days before the election
. That revved up the crowds. As a side note: when Bernie Sanders visited Idaho Falls, more than 3,200 people showed up for him. When former GOP candidate Marco Rubio visited, 700 people showed up for him. GOP candidate Ted Cruz drew 3,000 to a rally in Coeur d’Alene. But Sanders eclipsed that number with his 7,000 strong rally in Boise.

To see full results of Tuesday’s primary elections: Click here.

Tuesday was wonderful. That kind of energy can translate into real, positive change for Idaho. We are working with local parties to help welcome and engage new voters who want to make a better future for Idaho and our world.

That said, the Idaho Democratic Party have heard from many folks who wanted to participate but could not do so due to work, family and travel conflicts. Others were unable to wait in lines that, in some locations, were long. (It’s worth noting that the press reported great cheer and enthusiasm from folks waiting in line in Ada County … the common theme, “It’s awesome to see all these Idaho Democrats!”)

As for the lines in some places, the IDP had a reservation system in place to help our volunteer army estimate crowd sizes. Just a couple weeks before the caucuses, best estimates showed crowds slightly below 2008 levels. As the estimates appeared to grow, the week before the election had Ada County, Kootenai, Bannock adding locations. The reservation system worked up to a point: In the last day, 10,000 people signed up to caucus. Frankly, that’s not a reservation–that’s barely a warning. With numbers swelling by 30 percent in the last 24 hours, there was very little organizers could do to adjust. Understand, counties have been planning caucuses since last July. And, in the final analysis, the hundreds of volunteers pulled off a successful event in the face of impressive last-minute challenges.

As for folks who wanted to participate, but could not, Idaho Democrats are already reviewing the results of the election and proposing solutions. One popular solution is to engage in the Idaho primary election. That is a solution that IDP’s elected leadership is seriously considering.

27 Delegates and 2 Alternates:
15 District-level Delegates
5 At-large Delegates
3 Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials
4 Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (+)

Pledged delegate allocation: Sanders 18, Clinton 5.

State Convention: June 16-19, 2016 in Boise.


UTAH CAUCUSES (33 pledged delegates)

Official Results - Utah Democratic Party   Ballot [PDF]
R.De La Fuente 22, M.Greenstein 12.  There were also 2,085 spoiled ballots (not included in total).

Organization:  CLINTON  |  SANDERS       

Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Salt Lake City on March 21, delivering a foreign policy speech at West High School (while missing the big AIPAC conference in Washington, DC) and then holding a rally there.  Chelsea Clinton did three events in Salt Lake City on March 15, a Latino breakfast, an organizing event at the campaign's state headquarters, and a women's event.

37 Delegates and 3 Alternates:
22 District-level Delegates
7 At-large Delegates
4 Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials
4 Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials

Pledged delegate allocation:  Sanders 27, Clinton 6.

State Convention: April 22-23, 2016 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.