The 2020 Election Calendar
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The 2020 Election Calendar

Much of the upcoming drama of the 2020 presidential race will begin to be focused on the individual state primary contests. These state-by-state contests will eventually determine which political candidates will be chosen by each political party to compete in the General Election that determines the next president of the United States in November 2020.

The major televised debates are also listed here.

The dates for these state contests change frequently, as each state tries to provide the maximum amount of individual influence in the selection of the party nomination

These results will focus on the contest for the Democratic Party nomination. President Donald Trump is running with almost no political opposition. It is expected that he will win all state contests en route to the Republican Party nomination in the summer of 2020.

  • June 26 and 27, 2019

    First Democratic Party Debate

    Miami, Florida
    A total of 20 candidates took the stage on two separate nights to discuss issues such as immigrant family separation at the southern border, gun control, the finances of health care, and foreign policy topics.

  • July 30 and 31, 2019

    Second Democratic Party Debate

    Detroit, Michigan
    The same 20 candidates debated on two nights at the end of July. The issues continued to focus on economics and foreign policy. As before, much of the debate centered on the Democrats trying to separate from one another instead of focusing on Trump criticisms. The next debate in September will focus on only the top eight polling candidates and most of the candidates here will not be televised.

  • September, 12 2019

    Third Democratic Party Debate

    Houston, Texas

    This debate was the first time that the large field of Democratic candidates was reduced in size. Using a series of polling data measurements  and fundraising dollar amounts, the Democratic Party limited the debate to only ten candidates. This also marked the first time that front-runner Joe Biden shared a stage with strong contender Elizabeth Warren.

  • October, 16, 2019

    Fourth Democratic Party Debate

    Westerville, Ohio

    Twelve Democratic candidates debated about the United States’ role in the recent Turkey/Syria conflict. There was brief discussion of the impeachment inquiry being conducted by the House of Representatives and the connection to Joe and Hunter Biden. There was extensive disagreement between candidates about competing ways to pay for health care reform plans.

  • November 20, 2019

    Fifth Democratic Party Debate

    Atlanta, Georgia

    There were ten candidates for this debate: Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Gabbard, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyers, Warren, Yang. To qualify for this the candidates had to reach a fundraising threshold of 165,000 or more unique contributors and one or two minimum poll numbers in selected polls.

  • December 19, 2019

    Sixth Democratic Party Debate

    Los Angeles, California

    This last debate among the Democrats before the start of the primary season was held in L.A. Based on new qualifying rules, only seven candidates were on stage for this debate: Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Warren, and Yang. (Kamala Harris had previously qualified, but she ended her campaign before the debate occurred.)

  • February 3, 2020



    Due to a delay in reporting results via smartphone app the results in Iowa were not fully released by Monday night. With 100 percent of the precinct data released, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders are tied with 26 percent of Iowa’s delgates. Elizabeth Warren won 18 percent of the delegates. Joe Biden won just under 16 percent and Amy Klobuchar won 12 percent.

  • February 11, 2020



    On Tuesday, the first primary ballots were cast in New Hampshire and the results were smoother than last week’s Iowa caucus. Bernie Sanders captured the most votes cast and Pete Buttigieg again came in a close second. Also, Amy Klobuchar was a strong third place. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden had disappointing showings and two of the other Democrats dropped out of the race officially.

  • February 22, 2020



    The senator from Vermont won the clearest primary victory so far in the early weeks of the nomination process. Sanders collected over 46% of the caucus votes cast in this western state on Saturday. Joe Biden came in second with over 20%.

  • February 29, 2020

    South Carolina


    The former vice president finally claimed a primary win over the weekend with a 48 percent victory in South Carolina. He has now moved to second in the overall delegate count behind Senator Bernie Sanders, who came in second place in South Carolina.

  • March 3, 2020

    Super Tuesday


    While final votes tallies are still unclear in California and Maine Wednesday morning, the early data shows that Joe Biden has gained strong support among Democrats across the southern states. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren did not perform to their expectations. Mike Bloomberg gained no momentum at all outside of a victory in the American Samoa territorial primary.

    Sanders and Biden have begun building some distance with their deletage totals versus Warren and Bloomberg. But the official minimum number of 1,991 delegates to claim the nomination is still a distant goal for everyone.

  • March 10, 2020

    Democrats Abroad, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Washington


    Former Vice President Joe Biden continued to perform well  across another chunk of states on March 10. He claimed primary contest winds in Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri. (Washington state was too close to call on Wednesday morning.) Biden also won Michigan and performed well among important Democratic voting demographics. Senator Sanders won North Dakota but could not significantly change the delegate count lead of the Biden campaign.

  • March 14, 2020

    Northern Marianas Islands


    Senator Bernie Sander managed a small victory among Democrats in the Norther Marianas Islands on Saturday. Unfortunatley it didn’t do much to help narrow the delegate count lead. Despite winning over 80 percent of the cast votes, Sanders only won 2 more delegates than former Vice President Biden.

  • March 17, 2020

    Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Ohio (ppd)


    The biggest news of this week’s results was Ohio’s last minute reschedule of its primary due to concerns of spreading COVID-19 among voters. (Ohio Gov. DeWine says the primary will now be held June 2.) But the other primaries in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois proceeded as planned. And Joe Biden is happy that they did. He won the majority of votes and the majority of pledged delegates in all three Democratic contests.

  • April 7, 2020


    In a controversial move, the state’s Supreme Court required Wisconsin voters to go through with its primary, despite the COVID-19 shelter-in-place habits being otherwise required in other parts of life. After a few days of results calculation, Joe Biden was declared the winner of the state with over 60 percent of the cast votes going to him.

  • April 10, 2020


    Joe Biden added eleven more delegates to his total with a win in the Alaska primary.

  • April 17, 2020


    Joe Biden claimed another primary win last week. Biden got 72 percent of the approximately 15,000 votes cast. Wyoming was originally scheduled to hold its primary on April 4, but shifted to a vote-by-mail primary. Biden’s 11 captured Wyoming delegates puts his current count at just over 1300. Bernie Sanders (who officially suspended his campaign recently) gained a few delegates in Wyoming, but only claims over 900 pledged delegates.

  • ????, 2020

    To Be Determined?

    Because of the radical social change implemented to flatten the spread of COVID-19, the state primaries have been all but suspended for the immediate future.

  • August 11, 2020

    Biden's Running Mate

    Democratic candidate Joe Biden announces California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential candidate.

  • August, 2020

    Convention Rescheduled

    Democratic Party National Convention

    Originally to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July, the Democratic Party has announced that the Milwaukee event will now take place the week of August 17.

  • August 18, 2020

    The Democrats Make it Official

    The Democratic Party officially nominated Joe Biden as its presidential candidate for the 2020 election.

  • August 24-27, 2020


    Republican Party National Convention

    Held in Charlotte, North Carolina

  • November 3, 2020


    Election Day

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