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Democratic Presidential Primary


California Democratic Presidential Primary

Candidates are competing for 496 delegates.

Joe Biden (D)(incumbent)89.1%
3,200,188 votes
Marianne Williamson (D)4%
145,690 votes
Dean Phillips (D)2.7%
99,981 votes

Race called at 8:12 PM PT on March 5, 2024
99.75% of votes countedAssociated Press
This percentage is an Associated Press estimate of how much of the vote in an election has been counted. It is informed by turnout in recent elections, details on votes cast in advance and – after polls close – early returns. The estimate may fluctuate as election officials report additional results and AP learns more about how many voters have cast a ballot.

How does the presidential primary work? 

California will send 496 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, of which 277 delegates will be allocated by congressional district to each candidate who finishes with at least 15% of the vote in each district; 147 delegates will be divided among each candidate who finishes with at least 15% of the statewide vote; and 72 delegates will be state and party officials not pledged to a candidate through the primary vote.

Who can vote in this primary? 

Voters registered as Democrats, along with voters registered as No Party Preference. No Party Preference voters will need to request a crossover ballot from their county elections office to vote in this primary. 

Key Candidates

This list represents the most notable candidates running for the seat.
Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Joseph R. Biden Jr. President, United States of AmericaDemocrat
Dean Phillips
Dean PhillipsU.S. Representative Democrat
Marianne Williamson
Marianne WilliamsonAuthorDemocrat

Key Supporters

This list represents notable organizations and individuals who have taken a position on the ballot measure or candidate, or who are funding campaigns in support or opposition. This list is not exhaustive, and may be updated.

For Biden

  • Gavin Newsom, governor, California
  • Alex Padilla, U.S. senator
  • Nancy Pelosi, U.S. representative

For Phillips

  • N/A 

For Williamson

  • Maebe A. Girl, neighborhood councilor, Silver Lake