2012 Presidential Primary Calendar

Presidential candidate nominating events -- primaries in some states, and caucuses in others -- begin in Iowa on January 3, 2012 and end in Utah on June 26, 2012. This year's "Super Tuesday" falls on March 6, when 14 states will hold presidential primaries or caucuses. In 2008, Super Tuesday fell on February 5, when 24 states nominated candidates, and in 2004 it was March 2, with 10 states holding nominating events. A state-ordered table is also available, and includes the dates of primaries and caucuses for state and Congressional candidates.

2012 Presidential Primary and Caucus Calendar

January 3

Iowa Republican & Democratic caucuses

January 10

New Hampshire presidential primary

January 21

Nevada Democratic caucuses

South Carolina Republican primary

January 28

South Carolina Democratic primary

January 31

Florida presidential primary (non-binding for the Democrats)

February 4

Maine Republican caucuses begin (last thru February 11)

Nevada Republican caucuses

February 7

Colorado Republican caucuses

Minnesota Republican caucuses

Missouri presidential primary (non-binding for the Republicans)

February 26

Maine Democratic caucuses

February 28

Arizona presidential primary (non-binding for the Democrats)

Michigan presidential primary (non-binding for the Democrats)

March 3

Washington Republican caucuses

March 6

Alaska Republican district conventions

American Samoa Democratic caucuses

Colorado Democratic caucuses

Georgia presidential primary

Idaho Republican caucuses

Massachusetts presidential primary

Minnesota Democratic caucuses

North Dakota Republican caucuses

Ohio consolidated presidential/state primary

Oklahoma presidential primary

Tennessee presidential primary

Vermont presidential primary

Virginia presidential primary

Wyoming Republican caucuses

March 7

Hawaii Democratic caucuses

March 10

Guam Republican caucuses

Kansas Republican caucuses

U.S. Virgin Islands Republican caucuses

March 11

Maine Democratic caucuses

March 13

Alabama consolidated presidential/state primary

American Samoa Republican caucuses

Hawaii Republican caucuses

Mississippi consolidated presidential/state primary

Utah Democratic caucuses

March 17

Missouri Republican caucuses

March 18

Puerto Rico Republican caucuses

March 20

Illinois consolidated presidential/state primary

March 24

Louisiana presidential primary

March 31

Arizona Democratic caucuses

April 3

District of Columbia consolidated presidential/state primary

Maryland consolidated presidential/state primary

Texas consolidated presidential/state primary

Wisconsin presidential primary

April 9-16

Alaska Democratic precinct caucuses

April 14

Idaho Democratic caucuses

Kansas Democratic caucuses

Nebraska Democratic caucuses

Wyoming Democratic caucuses

April 15

Washington Democratic caucuses

April 24

Connecticut presidential primary

Delaware presidential primary

New York presidential primary

Pennsylvania consolidated presidential/state primary

Rhode Island presidential primary

May 5

Florida Democratic caucuses

Guam Democratic caucuses

Michigan Democratic caucuses

May 8

Indiana consolidated presidential/state primary

North Carolina consolidated presidential/state primary

West Virginia consolidated presidential/state primary

May 15

Nebraska state primary and Republican presidential primary

Oregon consolidated presidential/state primary

May 22

Arkansas consolidated presidential/state primary

Kentucky consolidated presidential/state primary

June 3

U.S. Virgin Islands Democratic caucuses

Puerto Rico Democratic caucuses

June 5

California consolidated presidential/state primary

Montana consolidated presidential/state primary

New Jersey consolidated presidential/state primary

New Mexico consolidated presidential/state primary

North Dakota Democratic caucuses

South Dakota consolidated presidential/state primary

June 26

Utah state primary and Republican presidential primary

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, January 2012

For More Information

For more information on 2012 primaries, contact the NCSL elections team at 303-364-7700.