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2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
The delegate selection processes herein, along with any and all dates and delegate counts associated therewith, are unofficial and based on either (1) information obtained from either Major Party, (2) Presidential Primary dates established by currently-effective State statute, or- where the foregoing information could not be obtained- (3) the state's 2016 delegate selection process and associated dates adjusted to the corresponding dates in 2020.
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Tuesday 25 February 2020 (presumably)
Primary: Tuesday 3 March 2020
BPOU Conventions: Saturday 14 March - Monday 13 April 2020 (presumably)
District Conventions: Friday 24 April - Saturday 9 May 2020 (presumably)
State Convention: Friday 22 May - Saturday 23 May 2020 (presumably)
39 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 24 re: 8 congressional districts / 3 party / 2 bonus
States Chronologically States Alphabetically
The 2020 Presidential Primary is scheduled for 3 March 2020 unless major party chairs agree on a different date by 1 March 2019. On 22 February 2019, the Minnesota Democratic and Republican Parties notified the Secretary of State that they agreed upon a Presidential Primary date of 3 March 2020.
The Minnesota Republican Party most likely will use the results of the primary to allocate delegates. We are awaiting confirmation from the party before updating the information below.
Minnesota has same-day registration and does not have registration by party. Party preference is declared when requesting a primary ballot, and the preference is publicly recorded.
"... beginning at 7:00 p.m. ... there shall be held ... a party caucus ... The chairs of the two largest major political parties shall jointly submit to the secretary of state, no later than March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the single date on which the two parties have agreed to conduct their precinct caucuses ... If the chairs of the two largest major political parties do not jointly submit a single date for conducting their precinct caucuses ... the first Tuesday in February shall be considered the day of a major political party precinct caucus." [Minnesota Statutes 202A.14 § Subdivision 1. (a), (b)(1), (3)]
Tuesday 25 February 2020 (presumably): Minnesota Precinct Caucuses.
Tuesday 25 February 2020 (presumably): All 39 of Minnesota's delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Minnesota Precinct Caucuses. Republican Party Precinct Caucuses meet to choose the precinct's delegates to the BPOU [="Basic Political Organization Unit" (the next higher tier: County, State Senate District or State House District)] Convention. There will also be a binding Presidential Preference poll re: held in coordination with these Precinct Caucuses.
If a candidate receives 85% or more of the statewide vote, that candidate receives all 39 Congressional District and At-Large delegates. Otherwise:
Rounding of the CD and statewide delegates:
National convention delegates are bound on the first ballot at the national convention. On all subsequent ballots, the delegates are unbound. If a candidate withdraws, the delegates for that candidate become unbound. If a candidate withdraws and then returns to the race, the delegates are once again bound.
Tuesday 3 March 2020: Minnesota Primary. Hours 7:00a-8:00p CST (1300-0200 UTC). Voting begins at 10:00 AM in some townships. Delegate Binding: Winner-Take-Most Primary. Voter Eligibility: Closed Primary.
The 2020 Presidential Primary is scheduled for 3 March 2020 unless major party chairs agree on a different date by 1 March 2019.
Saturday 14 March - Monday 13 April 2020 (presumably): Republican Party BPOU [="Basic Political Organization Unit"] Conventions convene in each BPOU. Each BPOU [either a County, State Senate District or State House District] Convention chooses delegates to both the Congressional District Conventions and the State Convention.
Friday 24 April - Saturday 9 May 2020 (presumably): Republican Party District Conventions convene in each congressional district elect delegates to the Republican National Convention according to the results of the Presidential Caucuses.
Friday 22 May - Saturday 23 May 2020 (presumably): The Minnesota State Republican Convention officially convenes in Duluth. The State Convention chooses the 12 at-large delegates (10 base at-large delegates plus 2 bonus delegates) to the Republican National Convention according to the results of the Presidential Caucuses.
In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, will attend the convention as pledged delegates by virtue of their position.
Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.
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|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Minnesota Campaign Finance Board|
|• Minnesota Secretary of State Elections and Voting|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
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|• Minnesota Senate|
|• Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus|
|• Minnesota State Legislature|
|• MN Senate GOP - Twitter|
|• Minnesota House of Representatives - Republican Caucus|
|• Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Media & others|
|• Austin Daily Herald|
|• Brainerd Dispatch|
|• Cannon Falls Beacon|
|• Duluth News Tribune- Duluth|
|• Echo Press - Alexandria|
|• KSTP TV - ABC - Saint Paul|
|• Minnesota E-Democracy - Minneapolis|
|• Minnesota Lawyer - Minneapolis|
|• Minnesota Public Radio|
|• MinnPost - Minneapolis|
|• Morrison County Record - Little Falls|
|• Pioneer Press - Minneapolis - St. Paul|
|• Politics in Minnesota - St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report|
|• Politics1.com - Minnesota|
|• Southwest Journal|
|• St. Paul Legal Ledger|
|• Star Tribune - Minneapolis|
|• The Annandale Advocate|
|• The Austin Daily Herald|
|• The Journal - New Ulm|
|• The West Central Tribune - Willmar|
|• Winona Daily News|
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