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2024 Primary Schedule & Caucus Date

2024 Primary Schedule

Last updated on January 3rd, 2024 at 12:39 am

For the 2024 Presidential Election, state primary and presidential election dates have been announced. Political parties will use primaries and caucuses to determine which candidates will run for their state’s partisan offices in the Nov. 5, 2024, general election.

Detailing the date of each state’s primary and caucus for Democrats and Republicans in the 2024 presidential primary. The largest number of delegates are awarded in certain states, and it is interesting to note where they are distributed. This page will be constantly updated with the latest information about voting dates, voting times, and delegates awarded by each primary and caucus on the 2024 presidential election calendar.

It’s important to note that some states hold their state and presidential primaries on different dates. Also, legislative, congressional, gubernatorial, statewide office and presidential primary contests are on the ballots in 46 states. Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia hold their legislative elections in odd-numbered years, and the dates listed for those states apply to congressional and other races.

The earliest state primaries for 2024 are held on March 5, with the latest in mid-September. June and August are the busiest months for state primaries, each holding 13 primaries. As we approach the primaries, keep an eye out for updates on voting dates, times, and delegate distribution.

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The 2024 primary schedule is listed below:

The list starts with the Iowa caucuses, via Election Day on November 5, 2024, and runs through to Electors Cast Their Votes on December 17, 2024

StateRep. gop party logoTypeDel.Dem. democratic party logoTypeDel.
IowaJan 15, 2024Caucus40Jan 15, 2024Caucus46
New HampshireJan 23, 2024Primary22Jan 23, 2024Primary33
South CarolinaFeb 24, 2024Primary50Feb 3, 2024Primary63
Virgin IslandsFeb 8, 2024Caucus9Jun 8, 2024Caucus12
NevadaFeb 8, 2024Caucus26Feb 6, 2024Primary48
MichiganFeb 27, 2024Primary55Feb 27, 2024Primary140
Dist. of ColumbiaMar 3, 2024Primary19Jun 4, 2024Primary51
IdahoMar 2, 2024Caucus32May 25, 2024Caucus24
AlabamaMar 5, 2024Primary49Mar 5, 2024Primary59
American SamoaMar 20, 2024Caucus9Mar 5, 2024Caucus11
ArkansasMar 5, 2024Primary40Mar 5, 2024Primary37
CaliforniaMar 5, 2024Primary169Mar 5, 2024Primary497
ColoradoMar 5, 2024Primary37Mar 5, 2024Primary86
MaineMar 5, 2024Primary20Mar 5, 2024Primary32
MassachusettsMar 5, 2024Primary40Mar 5, 2024Primary116
MinnesotaMar 5, 2024Primary39Mar 5, 2024Primary92
North CarolinaMar 5, 2024Primary75Mar 5, 2024Primary132
OklahomaMar 5Primary43Mar 5, 2024Primary40
TennesseeMar 5, 2024Primary58Mar 5, 2024Primary70
TexasMar 5, 2024Primary162Mar 5, 2024Primary272
VermontMar 5, 2024Primary17Mar 5, 2024Primary24
VirginiaMar 5, 2024Primary48Mar 5, 2024Primary118
UtahMar 5, 2024Primary40Mar 5, 2024Primary34
GuamMar 9, 2024Primary9Jun 8, 2024Caucus12
North MarianasMar 10, 2024Convention9Mar 12, 2024Caucus11
Puerto RicoMar 10, 2024Primary23Mar 17, 2024Primary56
Dem. AbroadTBDTBDMar 12, 2024Primary17
GeorgiaMar 12, 2024Primary59Mar 12, 2024Primary124
MississippiMar 12, 2024Primary39Mar 12, 2024Primary40
WashingtonMar 12, 2024Primary43Mar 12, 2024Primary111
ArizonaMar 19, 2024Primary43Mar 19, 2024Primary85
FloridaMar 19, 2024Primary125Mar 19, 2024Primary250
IllinoisMar 19, 2024Primary64Mar 19, 2024Primary174
KansasMar 19, 2024Primary39Mar 19, 2024Primary39
OhioMar 19, 2024Primary78Mar 19, 2024Primary143
LouisianaMar 23, 2024Primary46Mar 23, 2024Primary56
DelawareApr 2, 2024Primary16Apr 2, 2024Primary33
Rhode IslandApr 2, 2024Primary19Apr 2, 2024Primary30
New YorkApr 2, 2024Primary91Apr 2, 2024Primary259
ConnecticutApr 2, 2024Primary28Apr 2, 2024Primary63
WisconsinApr 2, 2024Primary41Apr 2, 2024Primary87
AlaskaMar 5, 2024Primary28Apr 6, 2024Primary19
WyomingApr 18, 2024Primary29Apr 13, 2024Primary16
PennsylvaniaApr 23, 2024Primary67Apr 23, 2024Primary173
HawaiiMar 12, 2024Caucus19Apr 6, 2024Primary31
MissouriMar 12, 2024Primary54Mar 23, 2024Primary71
North DakotaMar 4, 2024Caucus29Apr 6, 2024Primary17
IndianaMay 7, 2024Primary58May 7, 2024Primary76
MarylandMay 14, 2024Primary37May 14, 2024Primary104
NebraskaMay 14, 2024Primary36May 14, 2024Primary34
West VirginiaMay 14, 2024Primary31May 14, 2024Primary25
KentuckyMay 21, 2024Primary46May 21, 2024Primary51
OregonMay 21, 2024Primary31May 21, 2024Primary68
MontanaJun 4, 2024Primary31Jun 4, 2024Primary22
New MexicoJun 4, 2024Primary22Jun 4, 2024Primary41
South DakotaJun 4, 2024Primary29Jun 4, 2024Primary19
New JerseyJun 4, 2024Primary49Jun 4, 2024Primary127
Data Source– 270towin and Ballotpedia

Other Event Details

July 15 – 18Republican Convention (Milwaukee, WI)
August 19 – 22Democratic Convention (Chicago, IL)
November 52024 Presidential Election
December 17Electors Cast Their Votes

Where- Rep.= Republican, Dem.= Democratic, Del.= Delegates

Note: Some of these dates are subject to change, while some locations do not yet have a date.

Caucus vs. Primary: What’s the Difference?


A caucus is a meeting or debate where voters gather to select their preferred candidate. Voting is usually conducted through head counts or a show of hands. Currently, only nine states and three union territories, including Alaska, Nevada, Kansas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, use caucuses. “Caucuses offer a unique, community-based approach to the nomination process,” said political analyst John Smith.


Primaries, on the other hand, allow voters to cast their ballots at polling booths. There are two main types of primaries:

  • Open Primary: In an open primary, voters can select a candidate from any party, irrespective of their party affiliation.
  • Closed Primary: In a closed primary, voters must choose candidates within their own party.

“The primary system offers more accessibility, allowing a broader range of voters to participate,” noted election expert Jane Doe.

Key Events in the Primary Calendar

First Primary in New Hampshire

The primary season kicks off in New Hampshire, setting the stage for other states to follow.

Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday is a significant event where a majority of states hold primaries or caucuses. About one-third of all delegates can be won on this day, making it a strong indicator of each party’s likely nominee.

Role of Delegates

Delegates are awarded to candidates based on the number of votes they receive in caucuses or primaries. These delegates then represent their state at national party conventions. The candidate with the majority of their party’s delegates wins the nomination.

Types of Delegates

  • Pledged or Bound Delegates: These delegates are obligated to support the candidate they were awarded through the primary or caucus.
  • Unpledged Delegates or Super Delegates: These delegates can support any candidate of their choice.

“In the event of a contested convention, where no candidate has a majority, delegates play a crucial role in determining the nominee,” said political historian Sarah Williams.

  • 2,467 delegates (2,392 pledged and 75 unpledged) to the Republican National Convention – 1,234 votes needed to win
  • 3,774 delegates to the Democratic National Convention – 1,888 delegates needed to win

It’s important to note that different states use different primary types and delegate allocation methods for both Democratic and Republican primaries. These variations aim to reflect the diverse preferences of voters and create a balanced representation of the candidates’ popularity.

Please let me know if you need further clarification or additional information!

This post contains a combination of official, unofficial, and estimated data. The information posted here is subject to change by legislative action as some states have yet to officially decide on their primary or caucus voting day. The dates listed here are based on state election resources or statutory requirements as of February 2023. It will be updated as official information becomes available.

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