Election Dates

The following is a comprehensive collection of information regarding the Republican presidential nominating contests.

This list provides you with the date of each state’s contest, they type of election they hold, the voters who are eligible to participate in these elections, the delegate counts, and a description as to how those delegate counts are awarded to the candidates.

In accordance with [Rule 15(b)(1)], Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may begin their delegate selection primaries, caucuses, and conventions on or after Wednesday, February 1st, 2012. All other jurisdictions may begin their processes on or after Tuesday, March 6th, 2012.

In accordance with [Rule 15(b)(1)], all processes must be completed no later than July 23rd, 2012, 35 days before the National Convention.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in penalties that reduce the number of delegates that they represent their state at National Convention by half.

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2012 Presidential Primary Calendar

Monday, January 3rd;28 Delegates Up

  • Iowa – 28 – Caucus- Closed

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Tuesday, January 9th; – 12 Delegates Up

  • New Hampshire * 23 12 Primary/ProportionalModified (*penalty for early date -50% of delegate count)

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Saturday, January 21st: – 25 Delegates Up

  • South Carolina *50 25 – Primary/ Winner-Take-All – Open (*penalty for early date -50% of delegate count)

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Tuesday, January 31st; – 50 delegates Up

  • Florida* 99 50 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Closed (*penalty for early date -50% of delegate count)

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Saturday, February 4th – 23 (47) Delegates Up

  • Nevada – 23 – Caucus – Closed
  • ***Maine24 – February 4th – 11th – Caucus-Closed

*** Held Saturday 4 February  through Saturday 11 February 2012: Maine Republican Party Municipal Caucuses. Each Precinct Caucus chooses the precinct’s delegates to the District Caucuses and State Convention.

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Tuesday, February 7th; – 129 Delegates Up

  • Colorado – 36 – Caucus – Closed
  • Minnesota – 40–  Caucus – Open
  • Missouri -53 – Primary/Non Binding– Closed

***If one candidate receives more than 2/3 of the statewide vote, that candidate receives all 25 delegates. Otherwise, delegates are allocated proportionally to those candidates receiving 15% or more of the vote.

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Tuesday, February 28th;  – 54 Delegates Up

  • Arizona * 58 24- Primary/Winner-Take-All – Closed (*penalty for early date -50% of delegate count)
  • Michigan *  59 30 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Open (*penalty for early date -50% of delegate count)

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Saturday, March 3rd; – 43 Delegates Up

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Tuesday, March 6th;  (Super Tuesday)- 400  Delegates Up

  • Alaska – 27Caucus-Closed
  • Georgia – 76 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Modified
  • Massachusetts – 41 – Primary/ProportionalModified
  • ***North Dakota– 28 -Caucus/Closed
  • Idaho – 32Caucus – Closed
  • Oklahoma – 43 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Closed
  • Tennessee – 58 – Primary/Winner-Take-All (by district)Open
  • Virginia – 49 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Open
  • Vermont – 17 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Open
  • Wyoming29 –  March 6th -10th – Caucus

***If one candidate receives more than 2/3 of the statewide vote, that candidate receives all 25 delegates. Otherwise, delegates are allocated proportionally to those candidates receiving 15% or more of the vote.

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Saturday, March 10th; – 52 Delegates

  • Guam – 6Caucus – Closed
  • Kansas – 40 – Caucus – Closed
  • Virgin Islands – 6 – Caucus – Closed

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Tuesday, March 13th; – 107 Delegates Up

  • Alabama – 50 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Open
  • Hawaii – 20 – Caucus – Closed
  • Mississippi – 37 – Primary/Winner-Take-All (by district)Open

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Tuesday, March 20th; – 69 Delegates Up

  • Illinois – 69 – Loophole PrimaryOpen

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Saturday, March 24th – 44 Delegates Up

  • Louisiana – 44 – Primary/Proportional – Closed

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Tuesday, April 3rd – 250 Delegates Up

  • D.C. – 19 –Primary/Winner-Take-All /Closed
  • Maryland – 37 –Primary/Winner-Take/Closed
  •  Texas – 152 – Primary/ Winner-Take-All (by district) – Open
  • Wisconsin – 42 -Primary/Winner-Take-All – Open

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Tuesday, April 24th; – 231 Delegates Up

  • Connecticut – 28 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Closed
  • Delaware – 17 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Closed
  • New York – 95 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Closed
  • Pennsylvania– 72 – PrimaryLoophole Primary – Closed
  • Rhode Island – 19 – Primary/ProportionalModified

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Tuesday, May 8th; – 132 Delegates Up

  • Indiana – 46 – Primary/Winner-Take-all – Open
  • North Carolina – 55 – Primary/Proportional Modified
  • West Virginia – 31 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Modified

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Tuesday, May 15th;64 Delegates Up

  • Nebraska – 35 – AdvisoryModified
  • Oregon – 29 – Primary/Proportional – Closed

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Tuesday, May 22nd; 113 Delegates Up

  • Arkansas – 36 – Primary/ProportionalOpen
  • Idaho – 32 – Primary/ProportionalOpen
  • Kentucky – 45 – Primary/ Proportional – Closed

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Tuesday, June 5th; -269 Delegates Up

  • California – 172Primary/Winner-Take-All – Closed
  • New Jersey – 50 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Modified
  • Montana – 26 – Primary/ Winner-Take-All – Open
  • New Mexico -23 – Primary/Proportional – Closed
  • South Dakota – 28 – Primary/Proportional – Closed

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Tuesday, June 12th; 66 Delegates Up

  • Ohio – 66 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Modified

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Saturday, June 26th – 39 delegates Up

  • Utah – 39 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Modified

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Monday, August 27th – Thursday, August 30th, 2012;

  • 40th National Republican Convention in Florida
Need to Nominate 1,144
(available) 2,255
Total 2,286

Current Standings

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Definition of Terms

  • *Proportional = Delgates are handed out based upon the percentage of their total votes
  • *Winner-Take-All = The winner takes all of the states delegates to the convention
  • *Winner-Take-All (by distrcit) = Delegates are handed out by the congressional districts candidates win in
  • *Open = Anyone feom any Party or unaffiliated registartion can vote in either the primary or caucus
  • *Modified = Only registered Republicans and Registered Independent or “unafilated voters can vote in the primary or caucus
  • *Closed = Only registered Republicans can vote in the primary or caucus

How Delegate Counts Are Reached

  • State delegate counts are reached based on a formula of 3 delegates for each Congressional Districts in a state, plus 560 base at-large delegates, 168 Party official delegates, and bonus delegates are given to states that elect a Republican Governor and for each Republican U.S. Senator that represents their state.
  •  Republican unpledged delegate counts are determined by state or party rules.
  • These delegate tallies reflect the totals after the Republican penalties issued to Arizona, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, for setting primary or caucus dates that earlier than Party rules allow.

One Response

  1. Another part of the rule change is that primaries held before April have to be proportional. I don’t think the rule is well-defined, so it might allow for mixed systems (e.g., WTA by district, proportional state delegates).

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