14 Caucus States and Their Populations

September 9, 2008 by  
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Texas is by far the largest of the 14 states that use caucuses. The other caucus states all use a pure caucus system while Texas uses its own Texas Two Step of a primary/caucus hybrid. The 13 pure caucus states are all much smaller than Texas. The large states, such as California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan all use primaries.

Wyoming      Population Rank 50
522,830

North Dakota   Rank 48
639,715

Alaska   Rank 47
683,478

Hawaii  Rank 42
1,283,388

Maine        Rank 40
1,317,207

Idaho    Rank 39
1,499,402

Nebraska    Rank  38
1,774,571

Nevada   Rank   35
2,565,382

Kansas   Rank 33
2,775,997

Iowa   Rank 30
2,988,046

Colorado   Rank 22
4,861,515

Minnesota  Rank  21
5,197,621

Washington    Rank 13
6,468,424

Texas      Rank 2
23,904,380

Here is the source for the populations:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_population
Here is a CNN page with results that also says which states had primaries and which had caucuses:
http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/scorecard/#D

Comments

2 Responses to “14 Caucus States and Their Populations”

  1. jobsanger on September 9th, 2008 10:52 am

    Why should the size of a state matter?

  2. admin on September 9th, 2008 11:21 am

    You would probably have to go ask the state parties in large states like California and New York to know for sure why they don’t have caucuses, but I would guess it is because when a state’s population is so large, it is difficult logistically to organize a caucus system as the basis for allocating pledged delegates while a primary system allows a much greater percentage of their voters to participate and have their votes counted equally while eliminating the barriers that keep lots of people from attending a caucus, barriers that affect even more people when the state population is so large.

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