All of the important primary, convention, and debate dates you need to know for the 2020 presidential election (Ruobing Su,Grace Panetta)
From left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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  • The Democratic nomination process continues with six more primaries today. 
  • After all the Democratic primary votes are cast, delegates for the candidates will gather at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in mid-July. 
  • In September and October of 2020, the Commission on Presidential Debates will host three presidential and one vice-presidential debate in Indiana, Utah, Michigan, and Tennessee. 
  • The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 3.
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The Democratic nomination process will continue with primaries in Michigan, Washington, Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho, and North Dakota on March 10. 

Between February and June, every state and US territory will hold a Democratic primary election or caucus. While US territories don't have voting power in federal elections, they still send delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. 

Throughout the spring between January and April, the Democratic National Committee will also continue to hold Democratic primary debates.

After all the Democratic primary votes are cast, delegates for the candidates will gather at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in mid-July to officially determine who will be the 2020 Democratic nominee. 

The Republicans will hold their presidential convention at the end of August in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Trump is all but assured to be re-nominated as the Republican presidential nominee. 

In September and October of 2020, the Commission on Presidential Debates will host three presidential and one vice-presidential debate in Indiana, Utah, Michigan, and Tennessee — all states Trump carried in 2016. 

The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 3. A little over two months later on January 20, 2021, Trump will either hold his second inauguration, or Democrat will assume the office of the presidency. 

Here's a breakdown of all the most important primary, convention, and debate dates you need to know for the rest of the 2020 election cycle:

Here's a look at the most important dates of the 2020 election from February 2020 to January 2021.

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Democratic primary elections: February 3 through June 6, 2020.

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  • February 3: Iowa caucus (41 pledged delegates)
  • February 11: New Hampshire primary (24 delegates).
  • February 22: Nevada Democratic caucus (36 delegates).
  • February 29: South Carolina Democratic primary  (54 delegates).
  • March 3 — Super Tuesday: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia Democratic primaries, American Samoa Democratic caucus. Democratic voters living overseas also cast primary ballots. (1,357 delegates).
  • March 10: Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington primaries (352 delegates).
  • March 14: Northern Mariana Islands Democratic caucus (6 delegates).
  • March 17: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio primaries (577 delegates).
  • March 24: Georgia primary (105 delegates).
  • March 29: Puerto Rico Democratic primary (51 delegates).
  • April 4: Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Wyoming primaries/caucuses (106 delegates).
  • April 7: Wisconsin primary (84 delegates).
  • April 28: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island primaries (663 delegates). 
  • May 2: Kansas primary and Guam Democratic caucus (46 delegates).
  • May 5: Indiana primary (82 delegates).
  • May 12: Nebraska and West Virginia primaries (57 delegates).
  • May 19: Kentucky and Oregon primaries (115 delegates).
  • June 2: Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, and District of Columbia primaries (210 delegates). 
  • June 6: US Virgin Islands Democratic caucus (7 delegates).

Democratic primary debates 7-12: January to April 2020

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks as his rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination listen at the ninth Democratic 2020 U.S. Presidential candidates debate at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas Nevada, U.S., February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake


The Democratic National Committee is set to hold a debate every month from now until April 2020, making every debate qualification threshold progressively stricter over time. 

The DNC has announced the dates, hosts, and locations of the January and February debates, which will take place over six weeks in each of the four early voting states:

  • Tuesday, January 14: CNN and the Des Moines Register hosted the seventh Democratic debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Friday, February 7: ABC News and WMUR-TV in partnership with Apple News hosted the eighth debate at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • Wednesday, February 19: MSNBC and The Nevada Independent held the ninth debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • Tuesday, February 25: CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in partnership with Twitter will host the tenth debate in Charleston, South Carolina. 
  • Sunday, April 15: CNN and Univision in partnership with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' BOLD PAC will co-host the eleventh debate in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Candidates have two ways to qualify for the February debate in South Carolina. 

Candidates will qualify for South Carolina if they reach 10% support in four DNC-approved national or South Carolina polls, or 12% in two approved South Carolina-specific polls. All polls must be released from February 4th through next Monday, the 24th. 

Candidates will also qualify if they earn at least one pledged delegate in the February 3 Iowa caucuses, the February 11 New Hampshire primary, or the February 22 Nevada caucuses. 

So far, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have qualified for South Carolina.   

Democratic National Convention: July 13-16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Republican National Convention: August 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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General election presidential debates: September and October 2020

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The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has announced the dates and locations for three presidential and one vice-presidential debate to be held in the fall of 2020: 

  • Tuesday, September 29: First presidential debate at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.
  • Wednesday, October 7: Vice presidential debate at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City.
  • Thursday, October 15: Second presidential debate at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
  • Thursday, October 22: Third presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. 

CPD said that all four debates will begin at 9:00 PM ET and will run for 90 minutes with no commercial breaks. 

General election: November 3, 2020

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Inauguration day: January 20, 2021

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Every four years, inauguration day is held on January 20 the year after the election when every state's electors cast their votes. 

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