Presidential Primary Dates: Campaign 2008

Where does one find the dates for U.S. Presidential Primaries around the country? I found the information (sideways) at Wikipedia. Wikipedia has the primaries organized by Democrat and Republican, with polling data and searchable tables. A more basic timeline can be found at Wikipedia here. See a reader’s comment below for another source for upcoming primary dates.

Here are some 2008 Presidential Primary/Caucus highlights:

Click to buy this bookThe Iowa caucus is scheduled for
January 3rd, 2008

The New Hampshire Primary is scheduled for
January 8th.

The Michigan Primary is scheduled for
January 15th.

The Nevada caucuses are scheduled for January 19th.The South Carolina Caucus, for the Democratic Party, will be Saturday, January 26th.

The Florida Primary is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th.

The Maine Primary is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2008.

February 5th is “Super Duper Tuesday”, where 18 states will hold their Democrat Party and Republican Party caucuses, and other states will hold one party caucuses. Included in the February 5th, Super Duper Tuesday date, is California, which will include an important, Green Party Presidential primary vote. The New York Primary is also scheduled for Super Duper Tuesday, February 5th.

[Added as per comment below: The list of Super Duper Tuesday states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota (Dem and Rep, but Green and Constitution Party are different days), Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia]

Saturday, February 9 will be: Kansas caucuses – Rep only; Louisiana Primary – Dem/Rep; Nebraska Caucuses – Dem only; Virgin Islands Territorial Convention and Democratic Caucuses; Washington Caucuses – Dem/Rep.

Sunday, February 10 will be the Maine Caucus for Democratic Party only.

Tuesday, February 12 will be caucuses/primary in D.C.; the Maryland Primary; and the Virginia Primary.

Tuesday, February 19th will be: Hawaiian Democratic Party Caucus; Wisconsin Democratic Primary and Republican Primary.

Tuesday, March 4 will be: The Ohio Primary; The Texas Primary; The Vermont Primary; and the RI Primary. On the same day, Tuesday, March 4 , there will be caucuses for the Green Party of Minnesota.
In, MN, the Green Party and Constitution Party are using alternate dates than the major parties chose for this year. The Minnesota Constitution Party’s primary is on a weekend.

Saturday, March 8 will be Democratic Caucuses in Wyoming.

For a list of potential candidates–from independent to third party to just those regular two parties–see our “People’s President Page.”


More on the book Team of Rivals

If you are involved in a primary, or enjoy watching the intra-party struggle from the outside, you should read this book. It has fascinating details about Lincoln’s electoral strategies. Reading about the history, motivations and interactions among Lincoln and his top rivals makes for a fascinating study in party process and group decision-making. Team of Rivals also includes descriptions of the following parties: Democratic Party, Constitution-Union, Whigs, and Know-Nothings. And, there is also background into the founding of a very famous third party – the Republican Party. ~Kimberly Wilder

From the publisher’s notes:

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates in Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln’s political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.

It was this capacity [empathy] that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.

7 Responses

  1. […] Related post: Upcoming Presidential Primaries – States and Dates […]

  2. A more accurate list of the presidential primaries/caucuses can be obtained at the National Conference of State Legislatures website.
    The wikipedia site is not complete and Illinois is not listed on the “official” list as starting on January 9th(as stated on wikipedia).

  3. Dear Pat,

    Wow. Thanks for the further info. The site you give sounds very authoritative. I will check it out later. Hope it helps people find the info they are looking for.


  4. i need to know who won the michiga primary elections

  5. why can’t you simply name the 18 states that will be voting in the presidential primaries 2/5/08

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