DemDaily: Primaries, Process and Postponements

March 20, 2020

The country is experiencing signficant, if not monumental, changes to all aspects of daily life, including to an already historic presidential election.

Primaries & Process
Six states have now shifted their primaries to later dates, including Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland an Ohio, and Puerto Rico's Senate has approved postponing their elections by a month.

Under DNC By-Laws, all contests must happen by June 9 and delegates must be elected by June 20th.

That means Louisiana's primary, postponed to June 20th, and Kentucky's primary, postponed to June 23rd would violate the DNC's rules and normally result in a penalty that could include a state losing at least half of its delegates.

Under the new normal imposed by the novel coronavirus crisis, the DNC is working tirelessly with state parties around their primary and delegate selection plans to allow flexibility as the calendar is disrupted by the pandemic.


Although now over half of the states have completed their primaries, the local and state meetings and conventions which usually take place within two months of the primaries, where the actual delegates are selected, are being postponed state-by-state. Only New Hampshire has named its individual pledged delegates.

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.

Republicans previously cancelled Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New York, South Carolina, Virginia, with the anticipation that all delegates will be awarded to Donald Trump. In most other remaining states, Republicans are holding their primaries on the same day as Democrats.

DemList will keep you updated daily on all developments regarding the presidential, the process and the remaining primaries, listed below.

2020 Democratic Campaign Calendar
*Rescheduled Date

April 4: Alaska Primary (15 Delegates), Hawaii Primary (24)
and Wyoming County Caucus (14). Louisiana Primary - Postponed
April 7: Wisconsin Primary (84 Delegates)
April 26 : *Puerto Rico Primary (51 Delegates)
April 28: Delaware Primary (21 Delegates), New York Primary (274), Pennsylvania Primary (186), Rhode Island Primary (26), Connecticut and Maryland Primaries - Postponed
April 28: Special Elections in Maryland's 7th and
New York's 27th Congressional Districts

May 2: Guam Caucus (7 Delegates), Kansas Primary (39)


May 5: Indiana Primary (82 Delegates)
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), Montana Primary (19), New Jersey Primary (126),
New Mexico Primary (34) and South Dakota Primary (16),
*Connecticut Primary (60 Delegates), *Maryland Primary (96), *Ohio Primary (136)
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)

Still a Go! July 13-16, 2020 Democratic Convention (Ximena Conde/WPR)

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

Other Campaign News
Depending on the state, presidential primaries and the regularly scheduled primaries for other elections up in 2020 may fall on different dates.

In Illinois' March 17th primary, where they fell on the same date, eight-term Democrat Dan Lipinski became the first House incumbent to lose a 2020 primary election.

Lipinski, a pro-life "blue dog" Democrat, lost the third congressional district Democratic nomination to advertising executive Marie Newman, who had the endorsement of national progressive organizations, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

In the presidential primary contest, Joe Biden has a 301 delegate lead over Bernie Sanders after last Tuesday's March 17th primaries.

Sanders' campaign has stopped actively advertising on Facebook, and his campaign is not soliciting contributions, but no announcement has been made regarding his plans moving forward.

In the interim, Tulsi Gabbard (HI), the last remaining Democratic challenger to Biden and Sanders, dropped out of the race Thursday and endorsed the former Vice President.

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