The 2012 Presidential Primary Calendar

Reading the Calendar:


  1. Caucus states are italicized while primary states are not.
  2. States that have changed dates appear twice (or more) on the calendar; once by the old date and once by the new date. The old date will be struck through while the new date will be color-coded with the amount of movement (in days) in parentheses. States in green are states that have moved to earlier dates on the calendar and states in red are those that have moved to later dates. Arkansas, for example, has moved its 2012 primary and moved it back 104 days from its 2008 position.
  3. The date of any primary or caucus moves that have taken place -- whether through gubernatorial signature or state party move -- also appear in parentheses following the state's/party's new entry on the calendar.
  4. States with active legislation have links to those bills included with their entries on the calendar. If there are multiple bills they are divided by chamber and/or numbered accordingly.

2012 Presidential Primary Calendar

January 2012
Tuesday, January 3:
Iowa Republican caucuses (+2) (moved: 10/17/11)
Iowa Democratic caucuses (+2) (moved: 10/19/11)

Tuesday, January 10
:
New Hampshire (+/- 0) (moved: 11/2/11)

Saturday, January 14:
Nevada Republican caucuses (+7) (moved: 10/5/11)
Nevada Democratic caucuses (+7) (moved: 10/18/11)

Saturday, January 21:
Nevada Democratic caucuses (+/- 0) (moved: 10/22/11)
South Carolina Republican primary (+/- 0) (moved: 10/3/11)

Saturday, January 28:
(through March 3) Maine Republican caucuses (+7) (moved: ???)
(through March 27) South Carolina Democratic precinct reorganization meetings (+/- 0) (moved: 10/22/11)


Tuesday, January 31:
Florida (+/- 0) (moved: 9/30/11)
Florida (bills: House 12/Senate) (moved to no date: 5/19/11)


February 2012
Saturday, February 4:
(through February 11) Maine Republican caucuses (+/-0) (moved: 9/10/11)
Nevada Republican caucuses (-14) (moved: 10/22/11)



Monday, February 6:
Iowa caucuses (moved: 2/8/11) (based on national party rules)



Tuesday, February 7:
Alabama 
Arkansas
California 
Colorado Republican caucuses (+42) (moved: 9/24/11)
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia (bills: House) (moved to no date: 5/13/11)
Illinois
Minnesota Republican caucuses (bills: House/Senate) (moved: 3/1/11)
Missouri (bills: House 123/Senate/Special Session) (Democratic primary, non-binding for Missouri Republicans)
Montana Republican caucuses
New Jersey 
New York 
Oklahoma 
Tennessee
Utah

Saturday, February 11:
Louisiana

Tuesday, February 14:
Maryland 
New Hampshire (based on national party rules)
Virginia
Washington, DC

Saturday, February 18:
Nevada Republican caucuses (-28) (moved: 12/16/10) (based on national party rules)
Nevada Democratic caucuses (-28) (moved: 2/24/11) (based on national party rules)

Tuesday, February 21:
Hawaii Republican caucuses (+88) (moved: 5/16/09)
Wisconsin

Sunday, February 26:
Maine Democratic municipal caucuses (-14) (moved: 1/22/12)


Tuesday, February 28:
Arizona Republican primary (-21) (finalized: 9/12/11)
Michigan (-42) (bills: HouseSenate) (finalized: 10/4/11)
South Carolina Democratic primary (based on national party rules)

March 2012
Saturday, March 3:
Washington Republican caucuses (-21) (moved: ????)


Tuesday, March 6 (Super Tuesday):
Alaska Republican district conventions (-28) (moved: 2/5/11)
Colorado Democratic caucuses (+14) (bills: House) (moved: 5/27/11)
Georgia (-28) (bills: House) (moved: 9/29/11)
Idaho Republican caucuses (+70) (moved: 7/16/11)
Massachusetts (bills: House)
Minnesota Democratic caucuses (-28) (moved: 3/17/11)
North Dakota Republican caucuses (-28) (moved: 9/27/11)
Ohio (+/- 0) (bills: House 12/Senate) (moved again: 12/15/11)
Ohio (moved back9/21/11)
Ohio
Oklahoma (-28) (bills: House 123/Senate 12) (moved: 5/3/11)
Rhode Island
Tennessee (-28) (bills: House 123/Senate 123) (moved: 5/9/11)
Texas 
Vermont
Virginia (-21) (bills: House 12/Senate) (moved: 3/25/11)
(through March 10) Wyoming Republican caucuses (-61) (moved: 8/27/11)

Wednesday, March 7: 
Hawaii Democratic caucuses (-15) (moved: June 2011)


Saturday, March 10: 
Guam Republican convention
Kansas Republican caucuses (-28) (moved: 8/13/11)
Northern Marianas Republican convention
Virgin Islands Republican caucuses


Sunday, March 11:
Maine Democratic caucuses (-28) (moved: 3/27/11)


Tuesday, March 13:
Alabama (-35) (bills: House 12) (moved: 6/9/11)
American Samoa Republican caucuses
Hawaii Republican caucuses (+67 and -21) (moved: 5/14/11)
Mississippi
Utah Democratic caucuses (-35) (moved: 3/25/11)

Saturday, March 17:
Missouri Republican caucuses (-39) (moved: 9/29/11)

Sunday, March 18:
Puerto Rico Republican caucuses


Tuesday, March 20:
Colorado caucuses 
Illinois (-42) (bills: Senate) (moved: 3/17/10)

Saturday, March 24:
Louisiana (-42) (bills: House) (moved: 6/29/11)

Saturday, March 31:
Arizona Democratic caucuses (-53)


April 2012
Tuesday, April 3:
Kansas (bills: House 12/Senate -- cancel primary) (canceled: 5/25/11)
Maryland (-49) (bills: House/Senate 12) (moved: 5/10/11)
Texas (-28) (bills: House/Senate) (moved: 12/16/11) (eliminated by courts: 2/15/12)
Washington, DC (-49) (bills: Council) (moved: 4/27/11)
Wisconsin (-42) (bills: AssemblySenate) (moved: 9/30/11)

Saturday, April 7:
Hawaii Democratic caucuses (-46) (moved: 3/18/11)
Wyoming Democratic caucuses (-28) (moved: 3/16/11)

Saturday, April 14:
Idaho Democratic caucuses (-67) (moved: 5/1/11)
Kansas Democratic caucuses (-67) (moved: 5/24/11)
Nebraska Democratic caucuses (-63) (moved: 3/5/11)
Wyoming Democratic caucuses (-35) (moved: 4/30/11)

Sunday, April 15:
Alaska Democratic caucuses (-68) (moved: 4/4/11)
Washington Democratic caucuses (-64) (moved: 4/30/11)

Tuesday, April 24:
Connecticut (-77) (bills: House) (moved: 7/8/11)
Delaware (-77) (bills: Senate) (moved: 7/27/11)
New York (-77) (bills: Assembly/Senate) (moved: 7/13/11)
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island (-49) (bills: House/Senate) (moved: 7/1/11)


May 2012
Saturday, May 5:
Florida Democratic caucuses (-95) (move triggered: 9/30/11, move official 10/25/11)
Michigan Democratic caucuses (-67) (moved: 4/13/11)


Tuesday, May 8:
Indiana
North Carolina (bills: Senate)
Ohio (-63) (moved: 7/5/11)
West Virginia

Tuesday, May 15:
Idaho (+7) (bills: House) (moved: 2/23/11)
Nebraska
Oregon (bills: House) (died: legislature adjourned)

Tuesday, May 22:
Arkansas (-105) (bills: House) (moved: 2/4/09)
Idaho
Kentucky (bills: House) (died: legislature adjourned)
Washington (bills: House 12/Senate -- cancel primary) (canceled: 5/12/11)

Tuesday, May 29:
Texas (-84) (moved: 3/1/12)


June 2012
Tuesday, June 5:
California (-119) (bills: Assembly) (moved: 7/29/11)
Montana (GOP -119) (moved: 6/18/10)
New Jersey (-119) (bills: Assembly 12/Senate 12) (moved: 9/26/11)
New Mexico (bills: Senate) (died: legislature adjourned)
North Dakota Democratic caucuses (-119) (moved: 4/21/11)
South Dakota

Tuesday, June 12:
Ohio (-98) (moved again: 10/21/11)


Tuesday, June 26:
Utah (Republicans only) (-140) (moved: 6/5/11)