Sunday, January 11, 2004

Caucuses precede Ohio's direct primary

Enquirer Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - Monday is the day Ohio Democrats pick their slates of delegates for this year's national convention. Which delegates go depends on the results of the March 2 primary.

Picking the delegates

Ohio will send 183 delegates and alternates to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, July 26-29.

Democrats gather Monday in each of the state's 18 congressional districts. Nearly 1,200 delegate candidates will run for 91 seats, plus 16 slots for alternates.

Each district is allotted a number of delegates depending on how Democratic they are. One Cleveland district, for example, will send eight delegates. But Southwest Ohio, a Republican stronghold, will have fewer delegates.

There are four delegates each to be elected from the 1st, 2nd and 8th Congressional Districts, and five from the 3rd District.

At the caucuses, Democrats will split up into groups by favorite candidates and each group votes for delegates to represent the district if their candidate wins.

The seats are awarded proportionally; if Dean gets 75 percent of a district's votes, his three top vote-getting delegates will go.

The state is also sending 31 at-large delegates, 18 elected leaders, six Democratic members of Congress, and 11 "super-delegates" picked by the party, including state Sen. Mark Mallory, D-Cincinnati.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the caucuses begin at 7 p.m.

Where to go

• The 1st District: Cincinnati's west side, western Hamilton County, and southwest Butler County.

Will elect: Four delegates (two men, two women), one male alternate.

Site: Woodward High School, 7001 Reading Road, Cincinnati.

• The 2nd District: Eastern Hamilton County, Clermont County and southern Warren County.

Will elect: Four delegates (two men, two women), one female alternate.

Site: Grant Career Center, 718 West Plane St., Bethel.

• The 3rd District: Northern Warren County.

Will elect: Five delegates (two men, three women), one male alternate.

Site: Dayton Career Center, 441 River Corridor Drive in Dayton.

• The 8th District: most of Butler County.

Will elect: Four delegates (two men, two women), no alternates.

Site: McKinley Middle School, 1210 S. Verity Pkwy., Middletown.

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