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2014 State Primary Dates and Runoff

2014 Calendar | State Primary Dates and Runoff Dates

Wendy Underhill and Kae Warnock 2/3/2014

The dates for state primaries are listed below, sorted by state and by date. These primaries are used by political parties to determine which candidate will go on the general election ballot on Nov. 4, 2014. We have provided a link to the official web information from each state. These sources also list other pertinent dates, such as candidate filing dates.

Vote The earliest primary is held in Texas on March 4. Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island use the latest date, Sept. 9. June is the busiest month, with 18 primaries. No primaries take place in April or July.

NIne states have reserved dates for a primary runoff, if no candidate gets the requisite percentage of votes. For details on how runoffs work in each state, visit NCSL's Primary Runoffs webpage.

The manner in which party primary elections are conducted varies widely from state to state. Please visit the State Primary Elections page for information on types of primaries, such as "closed," "open" and "Top Two."

Some states continue to use precinct-level caucuses prior to primaries. For instance, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota and Washington's Democrats will hold caucuses this year. How—and even whether—these caucuses play a role in selecting candidates varies by state and by political party.

For additional information, contact NCSL's Election Team at 303-364-7700.

2014 State Primary Dates and Runoff Dates: Sorted by State and by Date

Sorted by State

 

Sorted by Date

  Source Primary Date     Primary Date Runoff Date
Alabama
AL calendar
June 3   Texas Mar. 4 May 27
Alaska
AK calendar
Aug. 19   Ill. Mar. 18  
Arizona
AZ calendar
Aug. 26   Ind. May 6  
Arkansas
AR calendar
May 20   N.C. May 6  
California*
CA calendar
June 3   Ohio May 6  
Colorado
CO calendar
June 24   Neb. May 13  
Connecticut
CT calendar
Aug. 12   W. Va. May 13  
Delaware
DE calendar
Sept. 9   Ark. May 20 June 10
Florida
FL calendar
Aug. 26   Ga. May 20 July 22
Georgia
GA calendar
May 20   Idaho May 20  
Hawaii
HI calendar
Aug. 9   Ky. May 20  
Idaho
ID calendar
May 20   Ore. May 20  
Illinois
IL calendar
Mar. 18   Pa. May 20  
Indiana
IN calendar
May 6   Ala. June 3 July 15
Iowa
IA calendar
June 3   Calif. June 3  
Kansas
KS calendar
Aug. 5   Iowa June 3  
Kentucky
KY calendar
May 20   Miss. June 3 June 24
Louisiana
LA calendar
Nov. 4   Mont. June 3  
Maine
ME calendar
June 10   N.J. June 3  
Maryland
MD calendar
June 24   N.M. June 3  
Massachusetts
MS calendar
Sept. 9   S.D. June 3 Aug. 12
Michigan
MI calendar
Aug. 5   Maine June 10  
Minnesota
MN calendar
Aug. 12   Nev. June 10  
Mississippi
MS calendar
June 3   N.D. June 10  
Missouri
MO calendar
Aug. 5   S.C. June 10 June 24
Montana
MT calendar
June 3   Va. June 10  
Nebraska
NE calendar
May 13   Colo. June 24  
Nevada
NV calendar
June 10   Md. June 24  
New Hampshire
NH calendar
Sept. 9   N.Y. June 24  
New Jersey
NJ calendar
June 3   Okla. June 24 Aug. 26
New Mexico
NM calendar
June 3   Utah June 24  
New York
NY calendar
June 24   Kan. Aug. 5  
North Carolina
NC calendar
May 6   Mich. Aug. 5  
North Dakota
ND calendar
June 10   Mo. Aug. 5  
Ohio
OH calendar
May 6   Wash. Aug. 5  
Oklahoma
OK calendar
June 24   Tenn. Aug. 7  
Oregon
OR calendar
May 20   Hawaii Aug. 9  
Pennsylvania
PA calendar
May 20   Conn. Aug. 12  
Rhode Island
RI calendar
Sept. 9   Minn. Aug. 12  
South Carolina
SC calendar
June 10   Wis. Aug.12  
South Dakota
SD calendar
June 3   Alaska Aug. 19  
Tennessee
TN calendar
Aug. 7   Wyo. Aug. 19  
Texas
TX calendar
Mar. 4   Ariz. Aug. 26  
Utah
UT calendar
June 24   Fla. Aug. 26  
Vermont
VT calendar
Aug. 26   Vt. Aug. 26  
Virginia
VA calendar
June 10   Del. Sept. 9  
Washington*
WA calendar
Aug. 5   Mass. Sept. 9  
West Virginia
WV calendar
May 13   N.H. Sept. 9  
Wisconsin
WI calendar
Aug. 12   R.I. Sept. 9  
Wyoming
WY calendar
Aug. 19   La. Nov. 4 Dec. 6

*  CA and WA - All candidates for voter-nominated offices are listed on one ballot and only the top two vote-getters in the primary election – regardless of party preference - move on to the general election.

U.S. Territories Source Primary Date
American Samoa
AS calendar
N/A
District of Columbia
DC calendar
Apr. 1
Guam
GU calendar
Aug. 30
Mariana Islands
 
TBD
Puerto Rico
 
TBD
Virgin Islands
VI calendar
TBD
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