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2020: Democratic primaries and key presidential election dates

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Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are among the more than 20 candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
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The first Democratic Party primary debates, scheduled for late June, might serve as the official 2020 election kickoff for the more than a dozen candidates seeking the party’s nomination for president.

But many other events are coming up between then and election day. That includes California joining the Super Tuesday primaries on March 3, 2020.
California lawmakers in 2017 approved moving the state’s primary up by three months to encourage presidential candidates to campaign in the state.

Beginning in 2020, all of the state’s primary elections — including those for statewide, legislative and congressional offices — will be held on the first Tuesday in March.

Here’s a list of key dates and events up until the country votes for president on Nov. 3, 2020. Many of the dates are tentative, so check back for updates.
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2019  
June 26-27
Miami, Fla.
First Democratic primary debate

The first Democratic primary debate will take place over two successive nights.

Appearing on the first night will be New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Ohio Representative Tim Ryan, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Texas representative Beto O'Rourke, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former Maryland representative John Delaney.

Appearing on the second night will be author Marianne Williamson, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former vice president Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, California Senator Kamala Harris, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and California Representative Eric Swalwell.

Viewers can watch on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.
July 18 Live announcment of the lineups for second Democratic presidential primary debate

CNN will conduct a live announcment of the lineup for each night of the second Democratic presidential primary debate occuring at the end of July.

Because of the large field of candidates, each qualifying candidate will be assigned to one of the two nights.

The drawing to determine the lineup will air live on July 18 in the 5 p.m. Pacific hour on CNN.

Details of the drawing will be released at a later date.
July 30-31
Detroit, Mich.
Second Democratic primary debate

Like the first debates, the second Democratic primary debate will take place over two successive nights.

Appearing on the first night will be Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and spiritual self-help author Marianne Williamson.

Appearing on the second night will be former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper will moderate both nights of the debate.

Viewers can watch on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. The network will also offer a livestream without requiring log-in to a cable provider on CNN.com and associated apps for phones tablets and and TVs.
Aug. 28
Deadline for Democratic candidates to submit qualifications for September debate

Deadline for Democrats to certify with the DNC that they have met the qualifications for the third primary debate. To be eligible, candidates must each have more than 130,000 donors from at least 20 states. They also need at least 2% support in four media or university polls of voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina or nationwide.
Sept. 12
Houston, Texas
Third Democratic primary debate

The third Democratic Party primary debate is scheduled to be held at Texas Southern University.

For this debate the DNC toughened its qualifying requirements. As such, only 10 candidates reached the qualifying threshold on the Aug. 28 deadline. They are: former vice president Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, California Senator Kamala Harris, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former Texas representative Beto O'Rourke, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos will moderate.

The debate will be broadcast on ABC and on Univision with a Spanish translation. It will be streamed on ABC News Live.
Oct. 1
Deadline to submit qualifications for October debate

Today is the deadline for candidates to certify with the Democratic National Committee that they have met the qualifications for the fourth primary debate in October in Ohio.

The qualifying requirements are the same as for the September debates: more than 130,000 donors from at least 20 states and at least 2% support in four DNC-approved polls of voters.

The 10 candidates who qualified for the September debate automatically qualify for the October debate: former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cory Booker of New Jersey; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; former Housing Secretary Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas.
Oct. 15
Westerville, Ohio
Fourth Democratic primary debate

The fourth Democratic Party primary debate is scheduled to be held for Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio at Otterbein University.

The deadline to qualify is Oct. 1. The qualifying requirements are the same as for the September debates: more than 130,000 donors from at least 20 states and at least 2% support in four DNC-approved polls of voters.

The 10 candidates who qualified for the September debate automatically qualify for the October debate: former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cory Booker of New Jersey; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; former Housing Secretary Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas.

If more than 10 candidates qualify, a second debate night will added on Oct. 16.

The moderators will be the CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett as well as The Times’s National editor, Marc Lacey.
Oct. 15
FEC quarterly contribution and spending deadline

Today is the deadline for filing quarterly contribution and spending reports with the Federal Election Commission. Candidates running for office have until 11:59 to file the reports.
Nov. 20
Georgia
Fifth Democratic primary debate

The fifth Democratic Party primary debate is scheduled to be held for Nov. 20 in Georgia and will be hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post.

The moderators will be NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, NBC reporter Kristen Welker and Ashley Parker of The Washington Post.

MSNBC and Radio One will broadcast the debate live.

The venue is are not finalized.

To qualify, candidates must reach at least 3% support in four DNC-approved state or national polls, or 5% in two DNC-approved state polls.

Candidates must also have received contributions from more than 165,000 unique donors, including 600 unique donors in at least 20 states.
Dec. 19
Los Angeles, Calif.
Sixth Democratic primary debate

The sixth Democratic Party primary debate is scheduled to be held for Dec. 19 on the campus of Loyola Marymount University.

The debate, hosted by "PBS NewsHour" and Politico, features heightened qualification requirements.

To qualify, candidates must reach at least 4% support in four DNC-approved state or national polls, or 6% in two DNC-approved state polls. Candidates must also have received contributions from more than 200,000 unique donors.

So far, former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg have met the polling and fundraising thresholds.
2020  
Feb. 3 Early voting begins in California

Registered voters in California can begin casting their ballots today. And those who have signed up to receive vote-by-mail ballots should start receiving them today. Early-voting centers will be open through Feb 25.
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Republicans
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Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses*
Feb. 11 New Hampshire primaries*
Feb. 22 Nevada caucus
Feb. 29 South Carolina primary
March 3 Alabama primaries
American Samoa caucus*
Arkansas primaries*
California primaries
Colorado primaries
Democrats Abroad primary
Massachusetts primaries*
Minnesota primaries
North Carolina primaries*
Oklahoma primaries
Tennessee primaries*
Texas primaries*
Utah primary*
Vermont primaries*
Virginia primaries
March 7 Kentucky caucus*
Maine caucus*
March 8 Maine caucus
March 8 Puerto Rico primary*
March 10 Hawaii caucus*
Idaho primaries*
Michigan primaries*
Mississippi primaries
Missouri primaries
North Dakota caucus
Ohio primaries
Washington primaries*
March 12 Virgin Islands caucus*
March 14 District of Columbia convention
Guam caucus*
Northern Marianas convention*
Wyoming county conventions*
March 17 Arizona primary
Florida primaries
Illinois primaries*
Northern Marianas convention*
March 24 American Samoa caucus*
Georgia primaries
Utah precinct caucus*
April 3 North Dakota convention*
April 4 Alaska primary*
Hawaii primary
Louisiana primaries
Wyoming caucuses & conventions
April 7 Wisconsin primaries
April 21 New York primary
April 28 Connecticut primaries*
Delaware primaries*
Maryland primaries
New York primary
Pennsylvania primaries*
Rhode Island primaries*
May 2 Guam caucus*
Kansas primary
May 5 Indiana primaries*
May 7-9 Wyoming state convention*
May 12 Nebraska primaries*
West Virginia primaries
May 19 Kentucky primary
Oregon primaries
June 2 District of Columbia primary
Montana primaries*
New Jersey primaries*
New Mexico primaries*
South Dakota primaries*
June 6 Virgin Islands caucus*
Wyoming state convention*
June 7 Puerto Rico primary
 July 13-16
Milwaukee
 Democratic National Convention

The Democrats would like to get Wisconsin back in their column in 2020, one reason for holding the nominating convention in Milwaukee.
 Aug. 24-27
Charlotte, N.C.
 Republican National Convention

The GOP plans to hold its nominating convention in a state that President Trump won by 3 points in the 2016 election.
 Sept. 29
South Bend, Ind.
 Presidential debate

The first debate between the nominees for president will be at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The debate will start at 6 p.m. Pacific and will be 90 minutes, accoring to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The details will be announced at a later date.
 Oct. 7
Salt Lake City, Utah
 Vice Presidential debate

The first debate between the nominees for vice president will be at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. The debate will start at 6 p.m. Pacific and will be 90 minutes, accoring to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The details will be announced at a later date.
 Oct. 15
Ann Arbor, Mich.
 Presidential debate

The second debate between the nominees for president will be at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. The debate will start at 6 p.m. Pacific and will be 90 minutes, accoring to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The details will be announced at a later date.
 Oct. 22
Nashville, Tenn.
 Presidential debate

The final debate between the nominees for president will be at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. The debate will start at 6 p.m. Pacific and will be 90 minutes, accoring to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The details will be announced at a later date.
 Nov. 3  Election day

Updates and Changes

  • On Sept. 6, 2019, the Kansas Republican Party announced it would not have a presidential nominating caucus. It had been scheduled for March 7, 2020.
  • On Sept. 7, 2019, the South Carolina Republican Party voted to not have a presidential nominating primary. It had been scheduled for Feb. 15, 2020.
  • On Sept. 9, 2019, theNevada Republican Party opted out of having a presidential nominating caucus. It had been scheduled for Feb. 25, 2020.
  • On Sept. 9, 2019, the Arizona Republican Party notified Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs that it will opt out of a presidential nominating primary, Arizona Republican Party spokesman Zach Henry said via email. The presidential nominating primary had been scheduled for March 17, 2020.
  • On Sept. 21, 2019, the Alaska Republican Party announced Saturday it would cancel the 2020 primary. It had been scheduled for March 3, 2020.

* Date subject to change.

Sources: The Green Papers, Times reporting

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