DemDaily: The Presidential Primary Calendar. The Home Stretch

May 30, 2024

The presidential primary season is in the home stretch, with the final five state and two territorial primaries remaining in June -- culminating with the First General Election Presidential Debate June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia.

MAY saw presidential contests in six states with presumptive nominees Joe Biden and Donald Trump sweeping all of their respective primaries.

Several states also held significant down-ballot races, including the high-profile Maryland US Senate primary, where Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (D) defeated three-term Congressman David Trone 54%-41.9%. Alsobrooks faces former Governor Larry Hogan (R) in one of the country's most closely watched general election races.

In the Indiana open seat being vacated by one-term Senator Mike Braun (R), psychologist Dr. Valerie McCray (D) and Third District Congressman Jim Banks (R) emerged from the May 7 primaries to face off in November.

Nebraska US Senator Deb Fischer (R) easily won renomination to a third term and will face Independent candidate Dan Osborn, a veteran and union organizer.

In the open West Virginia US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, two-term Republican Governor Jim Justice defeated ultra-conservative Congressman Alex Mooney 61.8%-26.6% to win the GOP nomination. Justice will face Democratic nominee Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott.

In the race to succeed Justice as Governor, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D) advanced to the general election.

In Oregon's Third Congressional District, where 14-term Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer is retiring, State Representative Maxine Dexter (D) won the crowded primary with 48.2% of the vote, followed by former Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal, sister of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), with 32.4% and five other candidates. Dexter is heavily favored over Republican nominee and attorney Joanna Harbour.

In Oregon's Fifth Congressional District, Democratic State Representative Janelle Bynum defeated progressive attorney and 2022 nominee Jamie McLeod-Skinner with 69% of the vote to take on vulnerable freshman Republican Congresswoman Lori Chavez-DeRemer in November.

The Libertarian Party chose political activist Chase Oliver as their presidential nominee at their reportedly riotous National Convention May 26. Oliver, who has described himself as “armed and gay,” secured close to 3% of the vote as the Libertarian candidate in the 2022 Georgia Senate race.

The 2024 primary season began with the January 15 Iowa Caucus and ends with Democratic caucuses in Guam and US Virgin Islands June 8. Biden and former President Donald Trump surpassed the delegate thresholds necessary to secure their respective nominations following the March 5 Super Tuesday primaries. The general election campaign starts after the official nomination of both at their conventions this summer.


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

June 27: First General Election Presidential Debate
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)

JULY 2024
July 11-14: Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, Virtual

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

July 23: First Proposed Date of the Vice Presidential Debate (CBS) (TBC)

August 13: Second Proposed Date of the Vice Presidential Debate (CBS) (TBC)

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

September 10: Second General Election Presidential Debate (ABC)

November 5Election Day


December 11"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 17State Electors Meet (the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December), in their respective state capitals and the District of Columbia to formally vote for President and Vice President.

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

January 20: Inauguration Day!

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