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Date by date, the US election year ahead


White House fenceFour states have so far weighed in on the 2016 race for the White House: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

Here are the key upcoming political dates, from primary debates and statewide caucus votes to national conventions and the big day on November 8:


23: Nevada Republican caucus

25: Republican debate in Houston, Texas

27: South Carolina Democratic primary


1: “Super Tuesday” contests in several states including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.

3: Republican debate in Detroit, Michigan

5: Kansas caucuses, Kentucky Republican caucus, Louisiana primaries, Maine Republican caucus, Nebraska Democratic caucus

6: Maine Democratic caucus, Puerto Rico Republican primary. Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan

8: Hawaii Republican caucus, Idaho Republican primary, Michigan and Mississippi primaries

9: Democratic debate in Miami, Florida

10: Republican debate in Miami, Florida

12: Washington, DC Republican convention

15: Primaries in five major states: Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio

21: Republican debate in Salt Lake City, Utah

22: Arizona and Utah primaries, Idaho Democratic caucus

26: Democratic caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state


5: Wisconsin primaries

9: Wyoming Democratic caucus

19: New York primaries

26: Primaries in five northeastern states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island


3: Indiana primaries

10: Nebraska Republican primary, West Virginia primaries

17: Kentucky Democratic primary, Oregon primaries

24: Washington state Republican primary


7: Primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.

14: Washington, DC Democratic primary. Final day of primaries.


18-21: Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio

25-28: Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Absentee or in-person early voting is expected to begin in several states

26: First presidential debate at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio


4: Vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia

9: Second presidential debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri

19: Third and final presidential debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas


8: Election day, established by law as the Tuesday following the first Monday in November

January 2017

20: Barack Obama leaves the White House. Inauguration of 45th president of the United States.

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