2012 Presidential Primaries,
Caucuses, and Conventions
Major Events

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*Tuesday 4 September - Thursday 6 September 2012: 46th Democratic National Convention

*Monday 27 August - Thursday 30 August 2012: 40th Republican National Convention
Tuesday 3 January 2012*Iowa Caucus1*Iowa Caucus
Tuesday 10 January 2012*New Hampshire Primary1*New Hampshire Primary
Saturday 21 January 2012*Nevada Non-binding Precinct Viability Caucuses1*South Carolina Primary
Saturday 28 January 2012*South Carolina Presidential Primary/Precinct Reorganization meeting1 
Sunday 29 January - Saturday 3 March 2012 *Maine Municipal Caucuses / non-binding straw poll
Tuesday 31 January 2012 *Florida Primary
Saturday 4 February 2012 *Nevada Precinct Caucuses
Tuesday 7 February 2012*Missouri Primary1*Colorado Precinct Caucuses
*Minnesota Precinct Caucuses / non-binding straw poll
Sunday 26 February 2012*Maine Municipal Caucuses 
Tuesday 28 February 2012 *Arizona Primary
*Michigan Primary
Saturday 3 March 2012 *Washington Precinct Caucuses / Non-binding Straw Poll
Tuesday 6 March 2012*American Samoa Territorial Caucus1
*Colorado Precinct Caucus1
*Georgia Primary1
*Massachusetts Primary1
*Ohio Primary1
*Oklahoma Primary1
*Tennessee Primary1
*Virginia Primary (only 1 candidate qualified - primary cancelled)1
*Vermont Primary1
*Georgia Primary
*Idaho County Caucuses
*Massachusetts Primary
*North Dakota Caucus
*Ohio Primary
*Oklahoma Primary
*Tennessee Primary
*Virginia Primary
*Vermont Primary
Tuesday 6 March - Saturday 10 March 2012 *Wyoming County Conventions
Tuesday 6 March - Saturday 24 March 2012 *Alaska District Conventions
Tuesday 6 March - Saturday 31 March 2012*Maine County Conventions1 
Tuesday 6 March - Sunday 8 April 2012*Minnesota Organizing Unit Conventions1 
Wednesday 7 March 2012*Hawaii Precinct Caucus1 
Saturday 10 March 2012 *Guam Territorial Caucus
*Kansas Caucuses
*Northern Marianas Commonwealth Convention
*Virgin Islands Territorial Caucus
Tuesday 13 March 2012*Alabama Primary1
*Mississippi Primary1
*Utah Caucuses1
*Alabama Primary
*American Samoa Territorial Caucus
*Hawaii Precinct Caucuses
*Mississippi Primary
Thursday 15 March - Saturday 24 March 2012 *Missouri County Caucuses
Sunday 18 March 2012 *Puerto Rico Primary
Tuesday 20 March 2012*Illinois Primary1*Illinois Primary
Saturday 24 March 2012*Louisiana Primary1*Louisiana Primary
Friday 30 March - Monday 23 April 2012 *Kansas Congressional District Conventions
Saturday 31 March 2012*Arizona Congressional District Caucuses1 
Saturday 31 March - Sunday 22 April 2012 *Minnesota District Conventions
Tuesday 3 April 2012*District of Columbia Primary1
*Maryland Primary1
*Wisconsin Primary1
*District of Columbia Primary
*Maryland Primary
*Wisconsin Primary
Saturday 7 April 2012 *Tennessee State Executive Committee (tentative date)
Tuesday 10 April - Saturday 14 April 2012*Alaska Precinct / House District Caucuses1 
Thursday 12 April - Friday 13 April 2012 *Colorado District Conventions
Thursday 12 April - Saturday 14 April 2012 *Wyoming Convention
Saturday 14 April 2012*Idaho County Caucus1
*Kansas Local Unit Conventions1
*Nebraska Precinct Caucuses1
*Wyoming County Caucuses1
*Colorado State Convention
Sunday 15 April 2012*Washington Precinct Caucuses1 
Saturday 21 April 2012*Texas County/Senatorial District Conventions1 
Tuesday 24 April 2012*Connecticut Primary (only 1 candidate - no primary will be held)1
*New York Primary1
*Pennsylvania Primary1
*Rhode Island Primary1
*Connecticut Primary
*Delaware Primary
*New York Primary
*Pennsylvania Primary
*Rhode Island Primary
Thursday 26 April - Saturday 28 April 2012 *Alaska State Convention
Saturday 28 April 2012*Iowa District Conventions*Kansas State Party Committee Meeting
Tuesday 1 May - Sunday 6 May 2012*Democrats Abroad Global Primary1 
Tuesday 1 May - Wednesday 30 May 2012*Delaware Representative District Caucuses / Party-run Primary1 
Thursday 3 May 2012*District of Columbia State Party Committee 
Saturday 5 May 2012*Florida County Caucuses1
*Guam Territorial Caucus (Party run primary)1
*Michigan Precinct Caucuses1
Saturday 5 May - Sunday 6 May 2012 *Maine District Caucuses and State Convention
*Nevada State Convention
Tuesday 8 May 2012*Indiana Primary1
*North Carolina Primary1
*West Virginia Primary1
*Indiana Primary
*North Carolina Primary
*West Virginia Primary
Friday 11 May - Sunday 13 May 2012*Alaska State Party Convention 
Saturday 12 May 2012*Maryland State Democratic Central Committee Meeting 
Tuesday 15 May 2012*Oregon Primary1*Oregon Primary
Friday 18 May - Saturday 19 May 2012 *Minnesota State Convention
Saturday 19 May - Sunday 20 May 2012*Democrats Abroad Global Convention 
Saturday 19 May - Friday 1 June 2012*Colorado District Conventions 
Sunday 20 May 2012*Washington Congressional District Caucuses 
Tuesday 22 May 2012*Arkansas Primary1
*Kentucky Primary1
*Arkansas Primary
*Kentucky Primary
Saturday 26 May 2012*Wyoming State Convention 
Tuesday 29 May 2012 *Texas Primary
Wednesday 30 May - Thursday 31 May 2012 *New York State Committee
Wednesday 30 May - Saturday 2 June 2012 *Washington State Convention
Friday 1 June - Sunday 3 June 2012*Washington State Convention 
Saturday 2 June 2012*Colorado State Convention*Missouri State Convention
Saturday 2 June - Sunday 3 June 2012*Maine State Convention.
*Virgin Islands Territorial Convention1
Sunday 3 June 2012*Puerto Rico Senate District Caucuses1 
Tuesday 5 June 2012*California Primary1
*Montana Primary1
*North Dakota Legislative District Caucus1
*New Jersey Primary1
*New Mexico Primary1
*South Dakota Primary1
*California Primary
*New Jersey Primary
*New Mexico Primary
*South Dakota Primary
Friday 8 June - Saturday 9 June 2012*Texas State Convention*Illinois Convention
*Indiana State Convention
Saturday 9 June 2012*Kansas State Convention*New Mexico State Republican Convention
Saturday 9 June - Sunday 10 June 2012*Nevada State Convention 
Sunday 10 June 2012 *Pennsylvania Summer Meeting (tentative date)
Thursday 14 June - Saturday 16 June 2012*Idaho State Convention*Montana State Convention
Saturday 16 June 2012*Arkansas Special State Convention
*Iowa State Convention
*North Dakota State Delegate Selection Meeting
*Iowa State Convention
Saturday 23 June 2012*Nebraska State Convention 
Sunday 24 June 2012*California Delegation Meeting 
Tuesday 26 June 2012 *Utah Primary
Saturday 14 July 2012 *Nebraska State Convention

* Major event or National Convention delegates allocated.
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.

Notes: Thursday 1 March 2012: Democratic unpledged delegates are automatically selected.


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  Primaries at a Glance  
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  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
  Statutory Election Information of the Several states / Presidential Primary  
  Dates of PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES re: selection and/or allocation/distribution of Delegates to Major Party National Conventions  
  Major Third Party (Constitution, Green, Libertarian) Presidential Nomination Process  
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