The Green Papers
2016 Presidential Primaries at a Glance


This "at a glance" look at the Presidential Primaries simply lists the winner (and, in many cases, the candidate who came in second) in each Primary in chronological order. It seems a quick method of discerning the progress of the eventual presidential nominee of the given Major Party (along with that of any significant challengers to that nominee) as the Primaries have progressed through time.

In fact, [presidential] primaries have been much more likely to sow division than unity, and most likely to leave things as they are [re: a potential consensus nominee identified prior to the earliest presidential primaries and caucuses]--
William R. Keech and Donald R. Matthews: The Party's Choice: Studies in Presidential Selection (Brookings Institution, 1977)

2016 Presidential Primaries at a Glance
Date State Democrat
 Link  Type Winner % Second %  Link  Type Winner % Second %
Tuesday 9 February 2016 New Hampshire NH-D   Sanders L Clinton   NH-R   Trump 35 Kasich 16
Saturday 20 February 2016 South Carolina             SC-R   Trump 33 Rubio 22
Saturday 27 February 2016 South Carolina SC-D   Clinton L Sanders              
Tuesday 1 March 2016 Alabama AL-D   Clinton       AL-R   Trump 43 Cruz 21
Arkansas AR-D   Clinton L Sanders   AR-R   Trump 33 Cruz 30
Georgia GA-D   Clinton L Sanders   GA-R   Trump 39 Rubio 24
Massachusetts MA-D   Clinton N Sanders   MA-R   Trump 49 Kasich 18
Oklahoma OK-D   Sanders N Clinton   OK-R   Cruz 34 Trump 28
Tennessee TN-D   Clinton L Sanders   TN-R   Trump 39 Cruz 25
Texas TX-D   Clinton L Sanders   TX-R   Cruz 44 Trump 27
Vermont VT-D   Sanders       VT-R   Trump 33 Kasich 30
Virginia VA-D   Clinton L Sanders   VA-R   Trump 35 Rubio 32
Saturday 5 March 2016 Louisiana LA-D   Clinton L Sanders   LA-R   Trump 41 Cruz 38
Sunday 6 March 2016 Puerto Rico             PR-R   Rubio L Trump  
Tuesday 8 March 2016 Idaho             ID-R   Cruz 45 Trump 28
Michigan MI-D   Sanders 50 Clinton 48 MI-R   Trump 37 Cruz 25
Mississippi MS-D   Clinton       MS-R   Trump 47 Cruz 36
Saturday 12 March 2016 District of Columbia             DC-R   Rubio 37 Kasich 35
Tuesday 15 March 2016 Florida FL-D   Clinton L Sanders   FL-R   Trump 46 Rubio 27
Illinois IL-D   Clinton N Sanders   IL-R   Trump 39 Cruz 30
Missouri MO-D   Clinton N Sanders   MO-R   Trump 41 Cruz 41
North Carolina NC-D   Clinton D Sanders   NC-R   Trump 40 Cruz 37
Ohio OH-D   Clinton D Sanders   OH-R   Kasich 47 Trump 36
Tuesday 22 March 2016 Arizona AZ-D   Clinton D Sanders   AZ-R   Trump 47 Cruz 25
Tuesday 5 April 2016 Wisconsin WI-D   Sanders D Clinton   WI-R   Cruz 48 Trump 35
Tuesday 19 April 2016 New York NY-D   Clinton D Sanders   NY-R   Trump D Kasich  
Tuesday 26 April 2016 Connecticut CT-D   Clinton N Sanders   CT-R   Trump D Kasich  
Delaware DE-D   Clinton D Sanders   DE-R   Trump L Kasich  
Maryland MD-D   Clinton L Sanders   MD-R   Trump D Kasich  
Pennsylvania PA-D   Clinton D Sanders   PA-R   Trump D Cruz  
Rhode Island RI-D   Sanders D Clinton   RI-R   Trump L Kasich  
Tuesday 3 May 2016 Indiana IN-D   Sanders D Clinton   IN-R   Trump D Cruz  
Saturday 7 May 2016 Guam GU-D PR Clinton D Sanders              
Tuesday 10 May 2016 Nebraska NE-D   Clinton D Sanders   NE-R   Trump L Cruz  
West Virginia WV-D   Sanders N Clinton   WV-R   Trump      
Tuesday 17 May 2016 Kentucky KY-D   Clinton 47 Sanders 46            
Oregon OR-D   Sanders D Clinton   OR-R   Trump L Cruz  
Tuesday 24 May 2016 Washington WA-D   Clinton D Sanders   WA-R   Trump      
Sunday 5 June 2016 Puerto Rico PR-D   Clinton D Sanders              
Tuesday 7 June 2016 California CA-D   Clinton D Sanders   CA-R   Trump L Kasich  
Montana MT-D   Sanders N Clinton   MT-R   Trump L Cruz  
New Jersey NJ-D   Clinton L Sanders   NJ-R   Trump      
New Mexico NM-D   Clinton N Sanders   NM-R   Trump L Cruz  
South Dakota SD-D   Clinton N Sanders   SD-R   Trump L Cruz  
Tuesday 14 June 2016 District of Columbia DC-D   Clinton                  


  • state-party. P indicates a presumed date.


  • PR indicates a Party-run Primary.


  • If a presidential contender wins 75.5% or more of the primary vote, the second place finisher is not listed.
  • U means that this presidential contender- or his/her delegate slate [depending on the type of Primary]- ran in the Primary unopposed (that is, with no other presidential contenders appearing on the ballot but him/her). Please note that write-ins do NOT count as such "other presidential contenders on the ballot" but the appearance of "Uncommitted" (or equivalent, such as "None of the Above") on a ballot DOES.
  • L indicates a landslide majority [60.5 to 75.4% of the primary vote] for the winner.
  • D indicates a decisive majority [52.5 to 60.4% of the primary vote] for the winner.
  • N indicates a narrow majority [50.0(+1 vote) to 52.4% of the primary vote] for the winner.
  • Where a winning presidential contender has failed to gain at least a majority of the primary vote, the winner of the primary and the contender who came in second are both listed with their respective percentages of the primary vote rounded up or down to the nearest whole integer.
  • P indicates Primary cancelled / nomination by default because nominee was the only presidential contender to have filed for this Party's Primary for this office. P also applies to nominees-to-be by apparent Party consensus (i.e. no opposition at an ensuing Convention).

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