Caucus and Primary Schedules 2016

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The two main political parties, the Republican and Democrats, began the 2016 presidential race with legacy candidates in Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton respectively.  Their entry into their party’s races were widely anticipated and there was some consensus forming that 2016 would witness a rematch of a Bush v Clinton of the early ’90s.  Some supporters in both parties were rather lukewarm to the suggestion of a coronation or adhereing to the rules that made way for the next in line.

That conventional wisdom appears to have been disregarded in the race thus far.  Instead both front runners are currently caught up in closely contested challenges from candidates for whom hugh support would have been thought impossible according to those old rules of engagement.

But weeks out from the start of primary and caucus season and the contests are invigorating and signalling a directional change in politics that is as yet difficult to determine.  Voters will have their first opportunities to weigh in to choose their preferred candidates in the primaries and caucuses scheduled in various states.  Here’s the schedule to take note of if you plan to vote or if you are avidly following the race towards the nominating conventions:

 

FEBRUARY

Monday 1:

Iowa Caucuses  * [Delegates:  R-30; D-52]

Tuesday 9:

New Hampshire Primaries [ R-32; D-23]

Saturday 20: 

Nevada  –  Democratic Caucus [ 43 ]

South Carolina – Republican Primary [ 50 ]

Tuesday 23:

Nevada  –  Republican Caucus [ 30]

Saturday 27:

South Carolina – Democratic Primary  [ 59 ]

MARCH

Tuesday 1:  Super Tuesday

Alabama – Primaries  [R-50; D-50]

Alaska – Republican Caucus [ 28]

Arkansas –  Primaries [ R-40; D 37]

American Samoa – Dems Caucus [10 ]

Colorado – Caucuses [R-37; D-79]

Georgia  – Primaries  [R-76; D-116]

Massachusetts  – Primaries  [R-42; D 116]

Minnesota  –  Caucuses  [R-38; D93]

Oklahoma  –  Primaries  [R-43; D-42]

North Dakota – Republican Caucus [28]

Tennessee – Primaries [R-58; D-76]

Texas  –  Primaries  [R- 155; D- 252]

Vermont – Primaries [R-16; D 26]

Virginia – Primaries [R- 49; D 110]

Wyoming – Republican Caucus  [ 29]

Saturday 5:

Kansas  –  Caucuses [ R- 40; D 37]

Kentucky  –  Republican Caucus [ 45]

Louisiana  –  Primaries  [R-47; D-58]

Maine  –  Republican Caucus [ 23]

Nebraska  – Democratic Caucus [30]

Sunday 6:

Maine  –  Democratic Caucus  [30]

Puerto Rico – Republican Caucus [23]

Tuesday 8:   Super Tuesday #2

Democrats Abroad  [17]

Hawaii  –  Republican Caucus  [19]

Idaho  –  Republican Primary  [32]

Michigan  –  Primaries  [ R-59; D- 148]

Mississippi  – Primaries  [ R-40; D-41]

Saturday 12:

District of Columbia – Republican Caucus [19]

Guam  –  Republican Convention [9]

Northern Mariana Islands – Democratic Caucus  [11]

Tuesday 15:  Super Tuesday #3

Florida  –  Primaries  [ R-99; D – 246]

Illinois  –  Primaries  [R-69; D-182]

Missouri – Primaries  [ R-52; D-84]

North Carolina  –  Primaries  [R-72; D-121]

Northern Mariana Islands – Republican Caucus [9]

Ohio  –  Primaries  [R-66; D-159]

Saturday 19:

Virgin Islands – Republican Caucus [9]

Tuesday  22:

American Samoa –  Republican Convention [9]

Arizona – Primaries [ R-58; D-85]

Idaho  –  Democratic Caucus  [27]

Utah  –  Caucuses  [ R-40; D-37]

Saturday 26:

Alaska – Democratic Caucus  [ 20]

Hawaii  –  Democratic Caucus   [ 34]

Washington  –  Democratic Caucus [ 118]

APRIL

Friday 1:      North Dakota – Republican Primary  [

Tuesday 5:   Wisconsin  –  Primaries [ R-42; D-96]

Saturday 9:   Wyoming  –  Democratic Caucus   [18]

Tuesday 19:  New York –  Primaries [ R-95; D-291]

Tuesday 26:

Connecticut  –  Primaries [ R-28; D-70]

Delaware  –  Primaries  [ R-16; D-31]

Maryland  –  Primaries  [ R-38; D-118]

Pennsylvania  –  Primaries  [R-71; D-210]

Rhode Island  –  Primaries  [R-19; D-92]

MAY

Tuesday 3:

Indiana – Primaries  [R-57: D-92]

Saturday 7:

Guam – Democratic Primary  [12]

Tuesday 10:

Nebraska  –  Republican Primaries [36]

West Virginia  –  Primaries [ R-37; D-34]

Tuesday 17:

Kentucky  –  Democratic Primary  [ 61]

Oregon  –  Primaries [R-28; D-73]

Tuesday 24:

Washington  –  Republican Primary [44]

JUNE

Saturday 4:

Virgin Islands – Democratic Caucus [12]

Sunday 5:

Puerto Rico – Democratic Caucus [67]

Tuesday 7:

California   –  Primaries   [R-172; D-546]

Montana  –  Primaries   [R-27; D27]

New Jersey  –  Primaries  [R-51; D-142]

New Mexico  –  Primaries   [ R-24; D-43]

North Dakota  –  Democratic Caucus [23]

South Dakota  –  Primaries  [R-29; D25]

June 14:

District of Columbia – Democratic Primary  [46]

See the schedule of nominating conventions for political parties contesting the 2016 election here.

 

*The number of delegates at stake in each primary or caucus is bracketed [ ]and and indicated with ‘R’ and ‘D’ to distinguish by party Republican or Democrats.

 

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