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Important dates in the 2024 US presidential race, including primaries, conventions, and Election Day.

The Road to the 2024 Presidential Election: A Timeline of Key Events

Republican Candidates Prepare for Debates

Nine Republican candidates have already qualified for the party’s debates as they vie for the presidential nominee position in the 2024 election. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden faces minimal opposition within the Democratic Party.

Countdown to Inauguration Day

Let’s take a closer look at the timeline of events leading up to the November 5, 2024 election and Inauguration Day.

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  • November 8: The third Republican debate, hosted by NBC in Miami, will have stricter criteria for participation, including rules related to opinion polling and fundraising.


  • January 15: Republicans in Iowa hold their nominating contests, known as caucuses, which mark the first major event of the election cycle. Caucuses are private meetings where participants divide into groups based on their preferred candidate, determining the delegates each candidate receives. Democrats in Iowa plan to hold their caucuses on the same day but will not release the results until March 5.
  • January 23: The first Republican presidential primary election is tentatively scheduled to be held in New Hampshire. Primaries are conducted by state and local governments, with participants voting for their preferred candidate in a secret ballot.
  • January 31: Federal Election Commission 2023 year-end filing deadline for candidates to declare their fundraising and spending.
  • February 3: The first Democratic presidential primary will take place in South Carolina.
  • February 6: Democratic primary in Nevada.
  • February 6: Three of the top Republican hopefuls – Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and Mike Pence – have filed to take part in the Nevada state-run primary, two days ahead of the Republican Party’s caucuses in the state.
  • February 6: Tentative date for New Hampshire Democrats to vote in their primary.
  • February 8: Nevada caucuses for Republicans.
  • February 24: South Carolina Republican primary.
  • February 27: Democratic primary in Michigan.
  • March 5: Known as Super Tuesday, this is the biggest single day of primaries and often helps narrow down the field of candidates. Both parties hold primaries in several states, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. Democrats in Utah will also vote in their primary, while Republicans hold caucuses in Alaska.
  • March 12: Primaries held in Georgia, Mississippi, and Washington. Republicans in Hawaii hold caucuses.
  • March 19: Primaries held in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio.
  • June 4: The final states to hold their presidential primaries are scheduled to do so on this date. Some states have not yet set their primary or caucus dates.
  • July 15-18: Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where the party officially chooses its candidate.
  • August 19-22: Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where the party officially chooses its candidate.
  • November 5: Election Day.
  • Later in November: It may take several days to determine the election result, especially if it is a close race with a significant number of mail-in ballots.


  • January 20: The inauguration of the election winner and their vice president takes place. At this ceremony, the victor is officially sworn in and assumes office.

With these key events mapped out, the path to the 2024 presidential election becomes clearer. Stay tuned as the candidates navigate the twists and turns of the campaign trail.

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