Key dates in the 2024 US presidential race

US President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

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Former President Donald Trump is the frontrunner to be the Republican presidential nominee in the 2024 election, while President Joe Biden faces little opposition in the Democratic Party in his campaign for a second term.

Here is a timeline of events related to the November 5, 2024, election between now and Inauguration Day in January 2025.


- February 24: South Carolina Republican primary

- February 27: Democrats and Republicans vote in the Michigan state-run primary, which was brought forward by the Democratic-controlled Midwestern state in a move opposed by Republicans. Republicans will instead choose the majority of their delegates during caucuses in March.

- March 2: Republicans in Michigan pick most of their delegates during party-run caucuses.

- March 5: Known as Super Tuesday, this is the biggest single day of primaries.

Both parties hold them in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.

Democrats in Utah will also vote in their primary while Republicans hold their caucuses in the state. Republicans in Alaska vote in their primary.

Iowa Democrats hold the final day of their mail-in caucuses and U.S. territory American Samoa has its caucuses on this date too.

- March 12: Primaries held in the states of Georgia, Mississippi and Washington. Republicans in Hawaii hold caucuses.

- March 19: Primaries held in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas and Ohio.

- June 4: Primaries in the remaining states are held.

- July 15-18: Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the party formally chooses its candidate.

- August 19-22: Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where the party formally chooses its candidate.

- September 16: The date set by the Commission on Presidential Debates for the first presidential debate to take place. It is to be held at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

- September 25: The date set for the only vice presidential debate, to be held at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

- October 1: The date set for the second presidential debate, to be held at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia.

- October 9: The date set for the third and final presidential debate, to be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

- November 5: Election Day

- Later in November: It could take days for the election result to be known, especially if it is close and mail-in ballots are a factor.


- January 6: The vice president presides over the Electoral College vote count at a joint session of Congress, announces the results and declares who has been elected.

Ahead of the count on January 6, 2021, then-President Trump lambasted his vice president, Mike Pence, for refusing to try to prevent Congress from certifying Biden's win. On that day, the U.S. Capitol was attacked by rioters and some people chanted, "hang Mike Pence" as they tried to stop the count. Both chambers of Congress later resumed their work and certified Biden's win.

Congress has since passed the Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022, which requires approval of one-fifth of the House and Senate to consider a challenge to a state's results – a much higher bar than existed before, when any single lawmaker from each chamber could trigger a challenge.

- January 20: The inauguration of the election winner and their vice president takes place. At this ceremony, the victor is officially sworn in and takes office.