US & Canada

2012 US presidential campaign calendar

The race is on to see who will be running against President Barack Obama in the US presidential election in November 2012.

The state-by-state primary and caucus contests that will determine the Republican presidential nominee begin in January. The dates below show only Republican primaries and caucuses, as Mr Obama faces no challenge for the Democratic nomination.

To find out more, read our guide to the US presidential elections, and use our US election glossary to understand the difference between a primary and a caucus.


3 Jan Iowa caucuses

10 Jan New Hampshire primary

21 Jan South Carolina primary

31 Jan Florida primary


4 Feb Nevada caucuses

7 Feb Colorado and Minnesota caucuses, Missouri primary

11 Feb Maine caucuses

28 Feb Arizona and Michigan primaries


3 Mar Washington caucuses

6 Mar Super Tuesday:

  • Georgia primary
  • Massachusetts primary
  • Ohio primary
  • Oklahoma primary
  • Tennessee primary
  • Vermont primary
  • Virginia primary
  • Alaska caucuses
  • Idaho caucuses
  • North Dakota caucuses

6 - 10 Mar Wyoming caucuses

10 Mar Kansas and US Virgin Islands caucuses

11 Mar Hawaii caucuses

13 Mar Alabama and Mississippi primaries

20 Mar Illinois primary

24 Mar Louisiana primary


3 Apr Washington DC, Maryland and Wisconsin primaries

24 Apr Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island primaries


8 May Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia primaries

15 MayNebraska and Oregon primaries

22 MayArkansas and Kentucky primaries

29 MayTexas primary


5 Jun California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota primaries

26 Jun Utah primary


27 AugRepublican National Convention in Tampa, Florida


3 Sept Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina


3 Oct Presidential debate in Denver, Colorado

11 Oct Vice-Presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky

16 Oct Presidential debate in Hempstead, New York

22 OctPresidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida


6 Nov General election

January 2013

20 Jan Presidential inauguration