Thursday, March 22, 2007

Where We Stand

Below is a look at how the 2008 presidential primary/caucus calendar was as of March 20, 2007 according to the National Association of Secretaries of State. The link to NASS .pdf file of the calendar can be found here. This calendar, while not ideal because of only sporadic updates, is a good baseline for comparison as I begin to build a time line of calendar change for the 2008 cycle.

In tracking changes that have already occurred in the primary calendar, there are a couple of other helpful resources. Both and P2008 offer more detailed approaches to the calendar than does the NASS. All three sites will be in the links area as I continue to add to the blog.

National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
Calendar of 2008 State Primaries/Caucuses
Last updated: March 20, 2007
NOTE: This calendar is a working draft based upon state election office reporting and credible media reports. Dates are subject to frequent changes. State dates that are under consideration but not yet finalized list the state in bold italics. States with an asterisk (*) beside their name have indicated that their contest could move to another date, but have not provided alternative dates. Some states are not included because they have not provided information to the NASS office regarding their primary/caucus dates.
2008 Presidential Nominating Calendar

January 8: District of Columbia*
January 14: Iowa (caucuses)
January 19: Nevada (Dem caucuses)
January 22: New Hampshire (primary)*, Wyoming (GOP caucuses)
January 29: South Carolina (Dem primary)

February (Date TBD): Michigan, North Dakota (caucuses)
February 2: South Carolina (GOP primary)
February 5: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado (caucuses), Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nevada (GOP primary), New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,
North Carolina
, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington
February 9: Louisiana
February 10: Maine (Dem caucuses)
February 12: Maryland, Virginia*
February 19: Wisconsin
February 26: Hawaii (Dem caucuses), Idaho (Dem caucuses)

MARCH 2008
March 2: Hawaii (GOP caucuses)
March 4: Connecticut*, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont
March 11: Mississippi
March 21: Maine (GOP caucuses)

APRIL 2008
• No scheduled contests reported at this time

MAY 2008
May 6: Indiana, North Carolina
May 10: Wyoming (Dem caucuses)
May 13: Nebraska*, West Virginia
May 20: Kentucky, Oregon
May 27: Idaho (primary), Washington*

JUNE 2008
June 3: South Dakota

August 25-28: Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado

September 1-4: Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

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