DemDaily: The 2024 Presidential Primary Calendar. The Update!

February 5, 2024

President Joe Biden sailed to a 96.2% win in Saturday's South Carolina primary -- the first official contest of the 2024 Democratic presidential primary calendar.

The elevation of the Palmetto State to the first place slot was a reflection of the Democratic Party's emphasis on diversity, and a nod to the state's 27% Black population that helped deliver Biden a crucial primary win in 2020 -- one that propelled him to the White House.

In fact, the proportion of Black voters on Saturday was 13% higher than in 2020, when people of color -- among the President's most critical constituencies -- made up about half of the voters in the Democratic primary.

Next Up: The official Democratic and Republican Nevada primaries.

The 2024 primary season began January 15 and ends with the last caucuses in the Guam and US Virgin Islands June 8. The Democratic Convention is August 19–22 in Chicago, Illinois and the Republican Convention will be held July 15–18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The purpose of a state primary election or caucus is not to directly elect the presidential nominee, but to determine, based on the percentage of the popular vote received by each candidate, how many state delegates that candidate is awarded to the party's national convention. The full body of delegates from each state then votes to elect their party's nominee at the convention.


February 3: South Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary
February 6: Nevada Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries
Note: Although a 2021 law requires Nevada to hold state-run presidential primaries, the state GOP has chosen to host its own caucus two days later -- the results of which will be used to allocate their delegates.

February 8: Nevada Republican Presidential Primary Caucus
February 8: US Virgin Islands Republican Presidential Caucus

February 13: New York's Third Congressional District Special Election
February 24: South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary

February 27: Michigan Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries
Note: Michigan moved the state’s primaries up to February 27, which violates Republican Party rules. As a compromise, in a hybrid system, a portion of the Republican delegates will be awarded based on the primary results, while the rest will be allocated at the March 2 state GOP Convention.

MARCH 2024
March 2: Idaho Republican Presidential Caucus
March 2: Michigan State Republican Convention
March 2: Missouri Republican Presidential Caucus
Note: In a hybrid system, a portion of the GOP's delegates will be allocated between the caucus and the May 4 state GOP Convention

March 3: District of Columbia Republican Presidential Primary
March 4: North Dakota Republican Presidential Caucus

See: The presidential primaries and key dates on DemList's 2024 Election Calendar. DemList will start accepting submissions for the DemList Democratic Convention Calendar in March -- the Party-recommended resource for the last three presidential cycles.

March 5: Super Tuesday
Democratic Presidential Primaries: Alabama, American Samoa Caucus, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.
Republican Presidential Primaries: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa Caucus, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah Caucus, Vermont, and Virginia.

March 6: Hawaii Democratic Presidential Caucus
March 9: Guam Republican Presidential Caucus

March 12: Georgia, Mississippi, Northern Mariana Islands, Washington and Democrats Abroad Democratic Presidential Primaries
Georgia, Hawaii Caucus, Mississippi, and Washington Republican Presidential Primaries

March 15: Northern Mariana Islands Republican Presidential Caucus

March 19: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio Democratic Presidential Primaries
March 19: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio Republican Presidential Primaries

March 23: Louisiana Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries
March 23: Missouri Democratic Presidential Primary

March 30: North Dakota Democratic Primary

APRIL 2024
April 2: Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin Democratic Primaries
April 2: Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin Republican Primaries

April 6: Alaska Democratic Primary
April 13: Wyoming Democratic Presidential Caucus
April 20: Wyoming Republican Presidential Caucus

April 21: Puerto Rico Republican Presidential Primary
April 23: Pennsylvania Democratic and Republican Primaries
April 28: Puerto Rico Democratic Presidential Primary

MAY 2024
May 1: New Mexico Republican State Convention
May 4: Missouri State Republican Convention
May 7: Indiana Democratic and Republican Primaries

May 14: Maryland, Nebraska, and West Virginia Democratic Primaries
May 14: Maryland, Nebraska, and West Virginia Republican Primaries

May 21: Kentucky and Oregon Democratic Primaries
May 21: Kentucky and Oregon Republican Primaries

May 23: Idaho Democratic Presidential Caucus

May 24–26: The Libertarian National Convention, Washington, DC

To win their party's nomination, a candidate must receive the majority support of the total of 2,469 delegates for Democrats, and 2,469 delegates for Republicans.

JUNE 2024
June 4: District of Columbia Democratic Presidential Primary
June 4: New Jersey Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries
June 4: New Mexico, Democratic and Republican Primaries
June 4: Montana Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries
June 4: South Dakota Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries

June 8: Guam Democratic Presidential Caucus
June 8: US Virgin Islands Democratic Caucus

JULY 2024
July 11-14: Green Party Annual National Meeting & Presidential Nominating Convention, Virtual

July 15–18: Republican National Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 19–22: Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois

September 16: First General Election Presidential Debate, San Marcos, Texas. Texas State University

September 25: The Vice Presidential Debate, Easton, Pennsylvania. Lafayette College

October 1: Second General Election Presidential Debate, Petersburg, Virginia. Virginia State University

October 9: Third General Election Presidential Debate, Salt Lake City, Utah. University of Utah

November 5
: Election Day

December 11: The "safe harbor" deadline (at least six days prior to the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December) under the Electoral Count Act, when states must finally resolve any controversies over the selection of their electors of the Electoral College.

December 17: The electors meet in their respective state capitals and the District of Columbia (the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December) to formally vote for president and vice president.

January 6: Electoral votes are formally counted before a joint session of Congress; the President of the Senate officially announces the electoral result.

January 20: Inauguration Day.

Important: Calendar dates may change. This version reflects extensive ongoing research from more than a dozen credible sources -- none of which were completely accurate or updated. We have reached out to state officials as well, but If you are an election official, please send us any calendar updates!

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