2020 Maryland Democratic primary

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2020 Maryland Democratic primary

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102 delegates (79 pledged, 23 unpledged)
to the Democratic National Convention

The 2020 Maryland Democratic primary will take place on June 2, 2020 following a rescheduling due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States.[1]

It was originally going to take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, as one of several states in the "Acela primary"[a] voting on the same date in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election. The Maryland primary is a closed primary, with the state awarding 102 delegates, of which 79 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.


Maryland joins several northeastern states in holding primaries on the same date (April 28, 2020),[2] often dubbed the "Acela primary" in reference to the namesake Amtrak service.[3]

Voting is expected to take place throughout the state from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. In the closed primary, candidates must meet a threshold of 15 percent at the congressional district or statewide level in order to be considered viable. The 79 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 79 pledged delegates, between 6 and 8 are allocated to each of the state's 8 congressional districts and another 10 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 17 at-large pledged delegates. These delegate totals do not account for pledged delegate bonuses or penalties from timing or clustering.[4]

District-level national convention delegates will be voted on during the presidential primary. The state party committee meeting on Saturday, May 23, 2020 will vote on the 17 pledged at-large and 10 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. Should presidential candidates present fewer delegate candidates than the number of delegates they were allocated as a result of the presidential primary, then the additional delegates are also designated at this point. The 79 pledged delegates Maryland sends to the national convention will be joined by 23 unpledged PLEO delegates (13 members of the Democratic National Committee; 9 members of Congress, including both Senators and 7 U.S. Representatives; and former DNC chair Joe Andrew).[4]


Poll source Date(s)
of error
Other Undecided
Mar 1–5, 2020 Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Bloomberg, and Warren withdraw from the race
Gonzales Research & Media Services Feb 22–28, 2020 331 (LV) ± 5.5% 19% 15% 5% 4% 23% 8% 27%
Goucher College Feb 13–19, 2020 371 (LV) ± 5.1% 18% 16% 7% 6% 24% 6% 4%[c] 18%
Dec 3, 2019 Harris withdraws from the race
Goucher College Sept 13–19, 2019 300 (LV) ± 5.6% 33% 5% 6% 1% 10% 21% 9%[d] 15%


2020 Maryland Democratic primary
Candidate Votes % Delegates
Joe Biden
Tulsi Gabbard (withdrawn)
Bernie Sanders (withdrawn)
Elizabeth Warren (withdrawn)
Michael Bennet (withdrawn)
Michael Bloomberg (withdrawn)
Cory Booker (withdrawn)
Pete Buttigieg (withdrawn)
Julian Castro (withdrawn)
John Delaney (withdrawn)
Amy Klobuchar (withdrawn)
Deval Patrick (withdrawn)
Tom Steyer (withdrawn)
Marianne Williamson (withdrawn)
Andrew Yang (withdrawn)


  1. ^ It is nicknamed Acela primary because the states involved are connected by the Acela train system.
  2. ^ Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
  3. ^ Gabbard with <1%; Steyer with 0%; "Refused" with 4%
  4. ^ Booker, Delaney, O'Rourke, and Yang with 1%; Castro, Gabbard, Other with <1%; Refused to answer with 5%


  1. ^ Alice Miranda Ollstein; Zach Montellaro (March 17, 2020). "Maryland postpones April 28 primary election over coronavirus". Politico. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Putnam, Josh. "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Thompson, Steve; Nirappil, Fenit (February 6, 2019). "D.C. is slated to vote last in 2020 Democratic primaries. That might change". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Maryland Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. May 3, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.

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