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Same problem I'm having for 1976 :)

There is no online resource. NYTimes and Washington Post may track it for each primary, they may not. Likewise TIME magazine usually has some.

From the people I've been talking to:

[…] Library of Congress help desk recommended the "Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report" to me, and I found that to be a pretty good source, and though I still have some holes in the data.


For such data prior to 2000, the best source I know of is the GUIDE TO

U.S. ELECTIONS, published by Congressional Quarterly (aka CQ)-- either the

4th (which was published after 2000) or 5th (which was published after

2004) editions should give you all of what you might possibly seek, since

everything through 1996 would be in these (these latest editions of the

work are in 2 volumes-- the first deals with Political Parties and

Presidential Nominations [Primaries and Conventions] and [General]

Elections and the second deals with Elections for Governor, U.S. Senate

and U.S. House of Representatives, so you would want Volume I in either


the three earlier editions of this work (a single volume in each case)

came out after 1974, 1984 and 1992, respectively...

any good research, college/university or even county library should have

at least one copy of at least one of these editions of the work.


CQ (again, Congressional Quarterly) would put out 4 volumes of paperback

"updaters" of their GUIDE TO U.S. ELECTIONS (which are all hardcover) in

between the editions I cited in my original reply...

these 4 volumes were:





these came out after the 1976, 1980, 1988 and 1996 Presidential Elections

and, as you can see, filled in the "gaps" between editions of the GUIDES

(they contained the exact same edition as the GUIDE, only in this

"updater" form-- thus, the post-1996 edition of POLITICAL PARTIES AND

CONVENTIONS contained all the Conventions through 1996, going back to


many smaller (city, township, even school) libraries may have these, where

they might not necessarily have any of the 5 editions of the main work

(which is rather expensive!-- being a thick, hardcover book)... if you

have to use one of these "updaters", the ones you would want would be

POLITICAL PARTIES AND CONVENTIONS (which would give you the delegate

counts re: the National Conventions) and

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS (which includes the Presidential Primaries).


OK... the only books I know that have delegate selection rules and primary

types as regards voter eligibility (open, closed, modified, etc.) re:

presidential elections prior to 2000 are those by Alice McGillivray (who was a co-author with

Richard Scammon in the AMERICA VOTES series) who did a few versions of a

book of data (also published by CQ) in which she delineated the delegate

selection rules entitled PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES (though I think her work

was principally in the 1990s)... these are likely out of print by now.

CBS News, at one time, put out a series of "CAMPAIGN [whatever]" books

(CAMPAIGN'76, etc.) which, among all its data re: the presidential

election years, explained why/how each contender got however many

delegates pledged to him in a given Primary... certainly also out of print

nowadays (in fact, I guard my own copies with my life! [;-)])

I know of no current online source for any of this data, however.

If you can, somehow, access back issues of Congressional Quarterly (and I

don't know how far back you could potentially do this), each week's issue during the

Presidential Primary/Caucus

"season" would have had a breakdown re: type of upcoming Primary along

with the "delegates pledged" results of already held ones (stuff that

would not appear in the CQ publications I already mentioned in my previous


The only other thing I can suggest (and, believe me, it IS time-consuming

and labor-intensive, as I myself know from my own experience!) is that,

you access major American

newspapers (the New York Times, in particular, and the Washington Post--

on microfilm and actually read the actual

results of 'delegate distribution amongst the candidates' results as

reported at the time (I presume you have, or can get- since you told me

your data is CQ based, the actual dates of each Presidential Primary, so

you would have some way of knowing WHICH date's paper to look at)...

two things to keep in mind re: this last suggestion:

1. any "delegates pledged" data will always be preliminary (the paper

would have to be "put to bed" by at least the wee hours of the morning in

the time zone of publication, so the results may not necessarily be

complete in the next morning's edition of the paper) and, thus,

potentially subject to later change (but you still might well be able to

glean the type of allocation- Winner Take All, Proportional, etc.- from

"reverse engineering" the math)

2. American newspapers (even the vaunted NY Times) were far better at

collecting and disseminating such rather arcane data earlier than more

recently (largely because of the more important role they played re:

political reportage- even arcane, data-based stuff- back before there was

cable/satellite TV and the Internet, or even over-the-air TV!)


That's all I can offer, there's no easy source for the data I'm afraid.

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Wanna bet those guys will tell you to go to Congressional Quarterly :)?

If we strike out how about this: we ask the CQ guys to look up the data for us and ask what it would cost—all the scenario designers then chip in via paypal.

Frankly I can't afford the $300-500 the CQ publications go for on Amazon, although the CBS News Campaign '76 book is only $50…

Oh, and I'm in Canada so my local university and the provincial library system are not up to snuff on America political books, if you do find any of those books I'd love the stuff for 1976 or other years.

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If they include it can you note which is a primary, which a caucus, which is a convention—if you've seen the spreadsheet I posted over in Scenario Resources it has most of that from 1960 onwards, but not all of it. Likewise if the CQ book includes dates for the few that are missing on the spreadsheet that would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

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I picked up CQ's Guide To National Party Conventions at the local library. It has the number of delegates for each state, which is nice.

I'll get a spreadsheat going later. It goes all the way back to 1832.

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