United States presidential election in the US Virgin Islands, 2016

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United States presidential election in the US Virgin Islands, 2016
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President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Donald Trump

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The U.S. Virgin Islands did not participate in the November 8, 2016 general election because it is a territory and not a state. However, the five non-incorporated territories that send Delegates to the House of Representatives did participate in the presidential primaries.

In presidential caucuses, Virgin Islands voters expressed their preferences for the Democratic and Republican parties' respective nominees for president. Registered members of each party only voted in their party's primary, while voters who were unaffiliated chose any one primary in which to vote.

Primary elections

Republican convention

The Republican convention took place on March 10, 2016.

Six of Virgin Islands' nine Republican delegates were elected during a presidential caucus. Territorial Caucuses met from noon to 6 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John as a Convention to vote for Presidential Preference and select at-large delegates to the Republican National Convention.

Three party leaders -- the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Virgin Islands's Republican Party -- attended the convention by virtue of their position. On election day all six delegates were voted to be uncommitted to the national convention in Ohio. This means that they will decide who to support at the convention. [1] All 6 delegates were disqualified by the territorial party and were replaced. Rubio received 2 delegates, 2 delegates were uncommitted, Ted Cruz received 1, and Donald Trump received 1. This decision is being contested.

Virgin Islands Republican territorial caucus, March 10, 2016
Candidate Votes Percentage Actual delegate count
Bound Unbound Total
America Symbol.svg Uncommitted 1,063 65.3% 1 0 0
Ted Cruz 191 11.7% 0 0 0
Marco Rubio 161 9.9% 0 0 0
Ben Carson (withdrawn) 108 6.6% 0 0 0
Donald Trump 104 6.4% 5 3 8
Unprojected delegates: 0 0 0
Total: 1,627 100.00% 6 3 9
Sources: John Yob ; The Green Papers

Democratic convention

Seven of Virgin Islands' 12 Democratic delegates are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in the Virgin Islands Territorial Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates.

The At-Large delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the Caucus results on each of the three islands: four from St Thomas and St. John jointly, and three from St. Croix.

The Democratic Caucus took place on June 4, 2016.

U.S. Virgin Islands Democratic caucuses, June 4, 2016
Candidate Popular vote Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Hillary Clinton 1,326 87.12% 7 5 12
Bernie Sanders 196 12.88% 0 0 0
Uncommitted N/A 0 0 0
Total 1,514 100% 7 5 12
Source: The Associated Press, The Green Papers

See also


  1. ^ http://www.decisiondeskhq.com/results/2016/primary/gop/president/u-s-virgin-islands/

External links

  • RNC 2016 Republican Nominating Process
  • Green papers for 2016 primaries, caucuses, and conventions
  • 2016 Presidential primaries, ElectionProjection.com
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