May 3, 2020
KDP Releases 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Results
Topeka, KS – Today, the Kansas Democratic Party has announced its 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary results, with former Vice President Joe Biden winning 76.9% of the popular vote. Senator Bernie Sanders was the only other candidate to reach the viability threshold with 23.1%. The 2020 Primary set a participation record with 146,873 ballots cast for a total turnout rate of 34.7% among registered Democrats in Kansas. For more information on the 2020 Primary results, please click here.
The 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary was the KDP’s first Party-run primary since 1992. The KDP incorporated a vote-by-mail component into its 2020 Primary plan over a year ago but pivoted to a completely by-mail election to protect the safety of all Kansans during the COVID-19 pandemic. To address the challenges imposed by COVID-19, the KDP introduced several reforms to increase accessibility, including (1) introducing a supplemental mailing on April 7th of more than 10,000 ballots, (2) extending the ballot request deadline, and (3) modifying the original postmark deadline to a “received by” deadline of May 2nd.
On this exciting development, KDP Chair Vicki Hiatt stated: “The KDP offers its congratulations to former Vice President Joseph Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders for receiving delegates from the Sunflower State. Kansas Democrats made history in this election with record participation levels along with demonstrating how a vote-by-mail election can protect voters and our Democracy, even in the most uncertain of times. We are confident the enthusiasm and engagement seen during the 2020 Primary will only continue to grow and translate into Democratic victories up and down the ballot in November.”
Additionally, KDP Executive Director Ben Meers commented: “By implementing reforms such as ranked choice ballots and an entirely vote-by-mail election, the KDP was able to significantly increase accessibility and voter turnout in this unprecedented election. The Kansas Democratic Party will carry this record-breaking momentum into our robust coordinated campaign to elect Democrats who will fight for working families, healthcare reform, and a future we all can be proud of in November.”
The KDP’s updated DSP summary is viewable here. The KDP is aware of an agreement between the Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders campaigns and will be working to implement it for our PLEO and At-Large Delegate elections held during the first week of June. We will update the press and our members with more information about this process when available. For more information on the Kansas Delegate Selection Process please visit: https://kansasdems.org/beadelegate.
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