DemDaily: Presidential Primary Update and Calendar

March 26, 2020

Thirteen states have now postponed or extended their Democratic presidential primaries due to the coronavirus pandemic, and they won't be the last.

As the country faces truly unprecedented challenges, the impact on politics has turned the presidential and the primary schedule upside down, putting to test all Party by-laws, rules and regulations.

Uncharted Territory
While some states have postponed their presidential contests by weeks or months, others, like Alaska, Hawaii and Wyoming, the next primaries up on April 4th, have cancelled in-person voting and extended their vote-by-mail programs and dates, essentially delaying their primary dates.

Under Democratic National Committee (DNC) By-Laws, all primary and caucus contests must happen by June 9th and individual national convention delegates must be elected by June 20th.

A majority have postponed their primaries to June 2nd, one week shy of the June 9th deadline under DNC By-Laws for holding state presidential contests.


Technically, that means Louisiana's primary, postponed to June 20th, and Kentucky's primary, postponed to June 23rd, would violate DNC's rules and could normally result in a penalty of lost delegates.

State primary and delegate selection plans are submitted a year in advance to the DNC for review, and subsequent changes must be approved by the DNC Rules and By-Laws Chairs or Committee.

Under the new normal imposed by the novel coronavirus crisis, the DNC is working daily with state parties as those plans and the calendar are disrupted by the pandemic.

Democratic primaries or caucuses have already been held in: Alabama, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachussetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington State

To keep you informed, DemList has posted the 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar on our site with daily primary updates. We urge state parties to contact us with new developments.

2020 Democratic Campaign Calendar
*Rescheduled Date

March 29: Puerto Rico Primary - Postponed

(Image: OffTheKuff)

April 4:  Alaska Primary, Hawaii Primary and Wyoming Caucus - Extended, Louisiana Primaries - Postponed
April 7: Wisconsin Primary (84 Delegates)
April 10: *Alaska Primary (15 Delegates)
April 17: *Wyoming Caucus (24 Delegates)
April 26:  *Puerto Rico Primary (51 Delegates)
April 28:  New York Primary (274 Delegates), Pennsylvania Primary (186), Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and 
Rhode Island Primaries - Postponed
April 28: *Ohio Primary (136 Delegates)
Special Elections in Maryland's 7th and
New York's 27th Congressional Districts

May: *Hawaii Primary (TBD)
May 2:  Guam Caucus (7 Delegates), Kansas Primary (39)
May 5Indiana Primary - Postponed
May 12: Nebraska Primary (29 Delegates),  West Virginia Primary (28)
Special Elections in Wisconsin's 7th and California's 25th Congressional Districts
May 19: Oregon Primary (115 Delegates), *Georgia Primary (105)
Kentucky Primary - Postponed


June 2: D.C. Primary (20 Delegates), *Connecticut Primary (60), *Delaware Primary (21), *Indiana Primary (82), *Maryland Primary (96), Montana Primary (19), New Jersey Primary (126), New Mexico Primary (34), *Rhode Island Primary (26) and South Dakota Primary (16)
June 6: Virgin Islands Caucus (7 Delegates)
June 20: *Louisiana Primary (54 Delegates)

June 23: *Kentucky Primary (54 Delegates)

July 13-16: Democratic National Convention
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 24-27: Republican National Convention
Charlotte, North Carolina

September 29: First Presidential Debate (Notre Dame, Indiana)
October 7: Vice Presidential Debate (Salt Lake City, Utah)
October 15: Second Presidential Debate (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
October 22: Third Presidential Debate (Nashville, Tennessee)

November 3: 2020 Election Day
January 20, 2021: Trump Out!

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