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Guide to New York's 2008 Presidential Primary


When Is New York's Presidential Primary?:

February 5, 2008

This is a new, earlier date then in earlier presidential contests.

Polls open at 6 a.m. in New York City, and noon elsewhere. Polls close at 9 p.m.

Can I Vote in New York's Presidential Primary?:

Are you a registered voter in New York State's Republican or Democratic Parties? Then you should be all set. Go to your polling place or request an Absentee Ballot. (More on voting in New York State and Queens in particular)

Not registered to vote in New York? Or not registered as a Republican or Democrat? The deadline is January 11. If you miss that, make sure to register in time for the regular primary in September and the general election in November. (More on registering to vote in New York State and Queens in particular)

How Does the Presidential Primary Nominating for Democrats Work in New York?:

151 of the total 281 delegates are elected proportionally by congressional district. Another 45 delegates are chosen by party leaders, and the remainder are chosen by a state Democratic committee meeting in May. (That's 151 that voters chose and 130 selected by the party.)

Democrats vote for presidential candidates, and also for delegates and alternate delegates who have pledged to support specific candidates. In many parts of Queens (and New York City and state) you'll see choices only for delegates supporting Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, but you still have a chance to vote for all the presidential candidates.

How Does the Presidential Primary Nominating for Republicans Work in New York?:

It's a winner-take-all contest. Based on the state-wide primary results, the candidate with the most votes gets 87 of New York's 101 delegates. The remaining 14 delegates are selected by party leaders.

The Republican delegates and alternates will not appear on the ballot, only the names of the Presidential Candidates.

Democrats on the NY Presidential Primary Ballot:

  • Joe Biden
  • Hillary Clinton
  • John Edwards
  • Dennis J Kucinich
  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Richardson

Republicans on the NY Presidential Primary Ballot:

  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Duncan Hunter
  • Alan Keyes
  • John McCain
  • Ron Paul
  • Mitt Romney
  • Fred Thompson

Who Are the Front Runners in New York?:

Recent opinion polls show Hillary Clinton leading Democrats and John McCain leading Republicans.

Previous Winners of New York's Presidential Primary:


  • 2004 - John Kerry
  • 2000 - Al Gore
  • 1992 - Bill Clinton
  • 1988 - Michael S. Dukakis
  • 1984 - Walter F. Mondale
  • 2000 - George W. Bush
  • 1996 - Bob Dole
  • 1988 - George Bush
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