US elections 2020: When are the debates, primaries, conventions?

US elections 2020: When are the debates, primaries, conventions?

A guide to all the important dates for the 2020 US presidential election.

Some of the Democratic presidential candidates stand on the stage at one of the debate [File: Mike Blake/Reuters]
Some of the Democratic presidential candidates stand on the stage at one of the debate [File: Mike Blake/Reuters]

Quick guide

  • Nov 20, 2019 – Next Democratic presidential debate
  • Feb 3, 2020 – Iowa caucuses
  • Mar 3, 2020 – Super Tuesday
  • July 13-16 2020 – Democratic National Convention
  • Aug 24-27 2020 – Republican National Convention
  • Sept 29, 2020 – First presidential debate
  • Nov 3, 2020 – Election day

The United States is less than three months out from the Iowa caucus, the kick-off event for the 2020 presidential primary and caucus voting season.

After Iowa, a series of primaries and caucuses will be held, leading up to the Democratic and Republican conventions in which the parties will formally choose their candidates.

More:

Until the conventions, at least eight more Democratic debates will be held. After the conventions, at least three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate will take place.

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As the election season heats up, here's a guide to the key dates for the 2020 presidential election:

Key caucuses and primaries*

February 2020

February 3 – Iowa caucuses

February 11 – New Hampshire primaries

February 22 – Nevada caucuses

February 29 – South Carolina primaries

March 2020

March 3 – "Super Tuesday" – Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Democrats abroad primaries and caucuses

March 8 – Puerto Rico Republican primary

March 10 – Hawaii Republican, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota Democratic and Washington primaries and caucuses

March 12 – Virgin Island Republican caucus

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US President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota [File: Leah Millis/Reuters]

March 14 – Northern Marianas Democratic convention, Guam Republican convention, Wyoming Republican convention, District of Columbia Republican convention

March 17 – Arizona Democratic, Florida, Illinois and Ohio primaries, as well as the Northern Marianas Republican convention

March 21 – Kentucky Republican caucuses

April 2020

April 3 – North Dakota Republican state convention

April 4 – Alaska Democratic and Hawaii Democratic primaries, Louisiana primary and Wyoming Democratic caucuses

April 7 – Wisconsin primaries

April 28 – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and New York primaries

May 2020

May 2 – Kansas and Guam Democratic primaries and caucuses

May 5 – Indiana primaries

May 12 – Nebraska and West Virginia primaries

May 19 – Kentucky Democratic and Oregon primaries

June 2020

June 2 – Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota primaries, District of Columbia Democratic primary

June 6 – Virgin Islands Democratic caucuses

*Dates are subject to change; Republican primaries and caucuses have been cancelled in some states.

National Conventions

July 13-16, 2020 – Democratic National Convention

August 24-27, 2020 – Republican National Convention

Debates

Democratic presidential debates

June 26-27, 2019 – First Democratic debate. Read what the candidates said here and here.

July 30-31, 2019 – Second Democratic debate. Read the key takeaways here and here.

September 12, 2019 – Third Democratic debate. Read what happened here.

Democratic debate
Democratic presidential candidates before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston [File: David J Phillip/AP Photo]

October 15, 2019 – Fourth Democratic debate. Read what the candidates said here.

November 20, 2019 – Fifth Democratic debate.

December 19, 2019 – Sixth Democratic debate

January – April, 2020 – Six more Democratic presidential debates will be held.

Presidential debates

September 29, 2020 – First presidential debate

October 7, 2020 – First vice presidential debate

October 15, 2020 – Second presidential debate

October 22 – Third presidential debate

Election day

November 3, 2020

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