The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar

Latest update: 7/18/19: Ohio presidential primary date changed to March 17 on the calendar.

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Reading the Map:
As was the case with the maps from past cycles, the earlier a contest is scheduled in 2016, the darker the color in which the state is shaded. Texas, for instance, is a deeper shade of blue in March than Montana is in June. There are, however, some differences between the earlier maps and the one that appears above.
  1. A number of caucus states have yet to select a date for the first step of their delegate selection processes in 2020. Until a decision is made by state parties in those states, they will appear in gray on the map.
  2. The states where legislation to move the presidential primary is active are two-toned with right-leaning diagonal stripes. One color indicates the timing of the primary according to the current law whereas the second color is meant to highlight the month to which the primary could be moved. 
  3. Other states -- the carve-out states and states with state laws providing guidance for setting a primary or caucuses date but no specific date or multiple specified dates -- are also two-toned with left-leaning diagonal stripes. In this case, one color (gray) represents the uncertainty of the primary or caucuses date now while the other color (or colors) highlight the options available to states or the most likely date for a contest in that state given the information we currently have. So, in New Hampshire, for instance, we know that the secretary of state in the Granite state will want to protect the first in the nation status enjoyed in the past. To maintain that position alone, New Hampshire could now conduct its precinct caucuses as late as some time in early February 2020.  
  4. States that are bisected vertically are states where the state parties have different dates for their caucuses and/or primaries. The left section is shaded to reflect the state Democratic Party's scheduling while the right is for the state Republican Party's decision on the timing of its delegate selection event (see Kansas). This holds true for states -- typically caucus states -- with a history of different dates across parties but which also have not yet chosen a contest date.
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Reading the calendar:
  1. Note that if you click on the state name in the calendar below, the link will take you to the relevant section of the state's law or party's bylaws covering the date of the primary or caucus.
  2. Links to discussions of 2016-2018 state-level legislation addressing the dates of future presidential primaries have also been added below the state name in the calendar.
  3. Markers have also been added indicating whether legislation has become law or has died at some point in the legislative process. 
  4. The bracketed numbers [+x or -y] refer the number of days the primary or caucuses have moved relative to where the previous statute scheduled the contest or, where noted, how far a state contest has moved relative to its position on the calendar in 2016.
  5. Permanently underlined states indicate states with tentative calendar dates. These are primarily carve-out states in February, but include a handful of other states where current state law sets a particular date or date selection protocol that may change.

2020 Presidential Primary Calendar

February
Monday, February 3:
Iowa caucuses


Tuesday, February 4:
New York 
[Note on New York position below calendar]
    [2019 New York legislation: April 28 primary]


Tuesday, February 11:
New Hampshire


Saturday, February 22:
Nevada Democratic caucuses


Saturday, February 29:
South Carolina primary (Democrats only)



March
Tuesday, March 3:
Alabama

American Samoa Democratic caucuses
    [2019 American Samoa Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan sets date of caucuses -- July 3, 2019]
    [+/-0 -- no movement]

Arkansas [March primary expired]
    [2017 Arkansas legislation: second Tuesday in March primary -- House version died in Senate committee May 1, 2017; Senate
        version voted down January 30, 2017 and died upon adjournment May 1, 2017]
    [2019 Arkansas legislation: second Tuesday in February primaryrevised Super Tuesday primary bill
        -- signed into law March 21, 2019]
    [+77]

California
    [2017 California legislation: first Tuesday in March primary -- signed into law September 27, 2017]
    [+91]

Colorado -- [Governor selects date by September 1. Can choose a Tuesday between the earliest allowed date --
    March, 3, 2020 -- and the third Tuesday in March -- March 17, 2020.]
    [Governor Polis sets primary date for Super Tuesday -- April 30, 2019]
    [+/-0 -- no movement]

Democrats Abroad (voting through March 10, 2020)
    [2019 DPCA draft delegate selection plan sets timing of preference vote -- March 8, 2019]
    [+/-0 -- no movement]

Maine (Democrats)
    [2016 Maine legislation: caucus to primary shift -- signed into law April 15, 2016 but expired on December 1, 2018]
    [2019 Maine legislation: permanent caucus to primary shiftMarch primary with ranked choice votingSuper Tuesday presidential primary -- signed into law June 20, 2019.]
    [2019 Maine Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan sets date for would-be caucuses -- March 30, 2019]
    [+5 -- for Maine Democrats; Republican decision on primary/caucus pending]

Massachusetts
    [2017 Massachusetts legislation: first Tuesday after the first Monday in June (consolidated) primary]

Minnesota -- [State parties agree to an alternate primary date or it is set for the first Tuesday in 
    March]
    [2016 Minnesota legislation: caucus to primary shift -- signed into law May 22, 2016]
    [2019 date confirmation: Super Tuesday date finalized]
    [+/- 0 -- no movement]

North Carolina
    [2017 North Carolina legislationfirst Tuesday after the first Monday in March primary] -- signed into law June 22, 2018]
    [+12 or -7]
[Note on North Carolina position: Primary scheduled by former law for the Tuesday after the first South Carolina primary if the latter is before March 15. The 2015 law specifying a March 15 primary date for 2016 expired at the conclusion of the 2016 cycle, reverting to the above position.]

Oklahoma

Tennessee

Texas
    [2017 Texas legislation: fourth Tuesday in January primary -- died at close of legislative session, May 29, 2017]
    [2019 Texas legislation: fourth Tuesday in January primary -- died at the close of legislative session, May 27, 2019]

Utah
    [2017 Utah legislationfunding a presidential primary -- signed into law March 22, 2017]
    [2019 Utah legislation: Super Tuesday primary -- signed into law March 27, 2019]
    [2019 Utah Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan confirms party will use primary option in 2020 -- April 1, 2019]
    [+21]


Tuesday, March 10:
Hawaii Republican caucuses
    [2018 Hawaii legislation: establish a second Saturday in May primary, create study 
    committee to examine adding a presidential primary -- died in committee May 3, 2018]

Idaho
    [2018 Idaho Democratic State Central Committee vote: opt into state-funded primary -- June 30, 2018]

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

North Dakota Democratic "firehouse caucus"
    [2019 North Dakota Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan sets date for would-be caucuses -- March 13, 2019]
    [+84]

Washington
    [2017 Washington legislation: second Tuesday in March primary -- died upon adjournment, March 9, 2018]
    [2019 Washington legislation: second Tuesday in March primary] -- signed into law on March 14, 2019]
    [2019 Washington State Democratic Party votes to use primary to allocate delegates -- April 7, 2019]
    [+77]


Tuesday, March 17:
Arizona

Florida

Illinois
    [2017 Illinois legislation: fourth Tuesday in June primary -- died in committee upon adjournment, January 8, 2019]
    [2018 Illinois legislation: first Tuesday in April primary-- died in committee upon adjournment, January 8, 2019]
    [2019 Illinois legislation: third Saturday in March primary, third Tuesday in June primary]

    [2019 Ohio legislation: first Tuesday after the first Monday in May primaryMarch 17 primary -- signed into law on July 18, 2019]
    [-7]


Saturday, March 21:
Washington Democratic caucuses (for delegate selection; delegates will be allocated based on the primary)
    [2019 Washington State Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan (caucus version) sets date for would-be caucuses.]
    [2019 Washington State Democratic Party votes to use primary to allocate delegates -- April 7, 2019]


Tuesday, March 24:
Georgia
    [Secretary of state sets date of Georgia presidential primary -- June 19, 2019]
    [-21]



April
Saturday, April 4:
Alaska Democratic party-run primary
    [2019 Alaska Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan sets date for would-be party-run primary -- March 30, 2019]
    [-7]

Hawaii Democratic party-run primary
    [2018 Hawaii legislation: establish a second Saturday in May primarycreate study 
    committee to examine adding a presidential primary -- both died upon session adjournment, May 3, 2018
    [2019 Hawaii Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan sets date for would-be party-run primary -- March 25, 2019]
    [-7]

Louisiana
    [2019 Louisiana legislation: April presidential primary move -- signed into law June 20, 2019]
    [-28]

Wyoming Democratic caucuses
    [2019 Wyoming Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan narrows window for caucuses to March; specific date to following April 27, 2019 state central committee meeting --  draft released March 31, 2019]
    [2019 Wyoming Democratic Party revised draft delegate selection plan sets date of caucuses, April 27, 2019]
    [+7]



Tuesday, April 7:
    [2018 Wisconsin legislation: move primary from first Tuesday in April to the second Tuesday in March -- died in committee December 4, 2018]


Tuesday, April 28:

May
Saturday, May 2:
Kansas Democratic party-run primary
   [2019 Kansas Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan sets date of would-be party-run primary -- May 2, 2019]
    [-56]

Tuesday, May 5:


Tuesday, May 12:
Nebraska
    [2016 Nebraska legislation: first Tuesday after first Monday in March primary -- died in committee April 20, 2016]
    [2018 Nebraska legislation: second Tuesday in March presidential primary -- died in committee April 18, 2018]
    [2018 Nebraska Democratic State Central Committee vote: opt into state-funded primary -- December 8, 2018]

    [2017 West Virginia legislation: second Friday in February primary] -- died in committee upon adjournment, April 8, 2017]


Tuesday, May 19:

Oregon
    [2019 Oregon legislation: House -- second Tuesday in March primary (with secretary of state discretion); Senate -- separate Super Tuesday primary -- all died in committee upon adjournment, June 30, 2019]


June
Tuesday, June 2:
South Dakota


Saturday, June 6:
Virgin Islands Democratic caucuses
 [2019 Virgin Islands Democratic Party draft delegate selection plan sets date of caucuses -- June 12, 2019]
    [+/-0 -- no movement]


Sunday, June 7:
Puerto Rico (Democrats)
    [2019 Puerto Rico legislation: last Tuesday in March primary]


Tuesday, June 16:
Washington, DC (Democrats)
    [2017 District legislation: third Tuesday in June primary -- law effective August 19, 2017]
    [2019 District legislation: first Tuesday in June primary in presidential election years]
    [-7]


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States with no 2020 date 
(with 2016 date):

Alaska Republican caucuses -- March 1, 2016

American Samoa Republican convention -- March 22, 2016

[Switched to primaryColorado caucuses (both parties) [state party can opt for first Tuesday in February date] -- March 1, 2016
    [2016 Colorado legislation: caucus to primary shift -- died in committee May 10, 2016]

Guam Democratic caucuses -- May 7, 2016
Guam Republican convention -- March 12, 2016

[Switched to primaryIdaho Democratic caucuses -- March 22, 2016
    [2018 Idaho Democratic State Central Committee vote: opt into state-funded primary -- June 30, 2018]

Iowa caucuses (both parties) -- February 1, 2016

Kansas Republican caucuses -- March 5, 2016

Maine Republican caucuses -- March 5, 2016
[Secretary of state selects a Tuesday in March for likely primary]
    [2016 Maine legislation: caucus to primary shift -- signed into law April 15, 2016 but expired on December 1, 2018]
    [2019 Maine legislation: permanent caucus to primary shift; March primary with ranked choice voting]

[Switched to primary] Minnesota -- both parties caucuses -- March 1, 2016
[State parties agree to a primary date or it is set for the first Tuesday in March]
    [2016 Minnesota legislation: caucus to primary shift -- signed into law May 22, 2016]

[Switched to primary] Nebraska Democratic caucuses -- March 5, 2016

Nevada Democratic caucuses -- February 20, 2016
Nevada Republican caucuses -- February 23, 2016

New Hampshire -- February 9, 2016

New York -- April 19, 2016
NOTE:


North Dakota Republican caucuses (by state party bylaw, must be completed by March 1)

Northern Mariana Islands Democratic caucuses -- March 12, 2016
Northern Mariana Islands Republican caucuses -- March 15, 2016

Puerto Rico Republican primary

South Carolina Republican primary -- February 20, 2016
South Carolina Democratic primary -- February 27, 2016

[Switched to primaryUtah caucuses (both parties) -- March 22, 2016
[NOTE: If funded, Utah can hold a primary on either the first Tuesday of February or in conjunction with the regular primary on the fourth Tuesday in June if the February primary option is not funded.]

Virgin Islands Republican caucuses -- March 10, 2016

Washington, DC Republican convention -- March 12, 2016

Wyoming Republican caucuses -- March 1, 2016


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Update Chronology:
7/18/19: Ohio presidential primary date changed to March 17 on the calendar.
7/15/19: Wyoming Democratic caucus date added to the calendar.
7/11/19: Virgin Islands Democratic caucuses date added to the calendar after release of draft 2020 delegate selection plan.
7/10/19: American Samoa Democratic caucuses date added to the calendar after release of draft 2020 delegate selection plan.
6/20/19: Louisiana presidential primary shifted to April on the the calendar following the governor's signature.
6/20/19: Reestablished Maine presidential primary added to Super Tuesday on the calendar after gubernatorial signature.
6/19/19: Secretary of State Raffensperger sets Georgia presidential primary for March 24.
5/2/19: Kansas Democratic Party-run primary added to the calendar following the release of the draft delegate selection plan.
4/30/19: Colorado moved to Super Tuesday on the calendar after Governor Polis finalizes primary date.
4/19/19: Wyoming Democratic Party March caucuses added to the calendar following the release of the draft delegate selection plan (specific date remains undetermined). [See July 15, 2019]
4/8/19: Washington State Democratic Party decision to have a primary rather than caucuses reflected on the calendar.
4/1/19: Utah presidential primary added to Super Tuesday on the calendar.
3/31/19: Alaska Democratic party-run primary added to the calendar following the release of the draft delegate selection plan.
3/30/19: Maine Democratic Party caucuses added to the calendar following the release of the draft delegate selection plan.
3/26/19: Hawaii Democrats' April 4 party-run primary added to the calendar following the release of the draft delegate selection plan.
3/25/19: Arkansas presidential primary moved to March 3 on the calendar.
3/14/19: Washington presidential primary moved to March 10 on the calendar after Inslee signature.
3/13/19: North Dakota Democratic "firehouse caucus" added to March 10 on the calendar after release of draft delegate selection plan.
3/12/19: Washington Democratic caucuses option added to the calendar.
3/8/19: Democrats Abroad preference vote dates added to the calendar following the release of the draft delegate selection plan.
2/22/19: Minnesota firms up Super Tuesday calendar position.
12/8/18: Nebraska Democrats choose to shift from a caucus to presidential primary.
8/25/18: DNC passes new rules including guidelines on the timing of pre-window states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
7/1/18: Idaho Democrats vote to opt into state-funded primary
6/22/18: North Carolina eliminates South Carolina tether and schedules primary for Super Tuesday
5/9/18: Carve-out states -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina -- given tentative dates upon adoption of draft 2020 delegate selection rules by Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee [Later tweaked to fix New Hampshire issue]
9/27/17: California primary shifts to Super Tuesday
8/19/17: Washington, DC primary pushed back a week to the third Tuesday in June.

3/22/17: Utah established funding for a presidential primary option (one with no established date)
5/31/16: 2020 primary calendar first posted.

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