- All filing deadlines are for major-party candidates only and apply to federal and statewide races unless noted below. Independent and third-party candidates, or contests for other races, may be subject to different deadlines. (Contact us)
- Runoffs between the top two vote-getters are required in some states if no candidate receives over a certain threshold of the vote in the primary:
- 30 percent in North Carolina;
- 35 percent in South Dakota; and
- 50 percent in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.
- California’s filing deadline is extended to March 14 in races where no incumbents file for re-election.
- Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Utah conduct state party conventions prior to their primaries that can impact primary ballot access.
- Both parties in Colorado will hold their conventions on April 14.
- Connecticut Democrats will hold their convention on May 18 & 19 for statewide races. Republicans have not yet set a date.
- Massachusetts Democrats will hold their convention on June 1 & 2. Republicans will hold their convention on April 28.
- Minnesota Democrats will hold their convention from June 1 through 3. Republicans will hold their convention on June 1 & 2.
- Both parties in North Dakota will hold their conventions from March 15 through 18.
- Utah Democrats will hold their convention on April 22 & 23. Republicans will hold their convention on April 21.
- Florida’s filing deadline for state candidates is June 22.
- Georgia conducts a runoff for state races on Dec. 4 and for federal races on Jan. 8, 2019 if no candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote in the general election.
- Iowa will conduct party conventions on June 16 to select nominees if no candidate receives over 35 percent of the vote in the primary.
- Massachusetts officials are considering moving their primary date because the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur falls on the current date of Sept. 18.
- Nebraska incumbents must file by Feb. 15.
- New York’s state and local primaries will take place on Sept. 11. The filing deadline is July 12.
- Virginia Democrats will conduct a convention instead of a primary to choose a nominee in the 5th Congressional District.
Sources: FEC, Ballotpedia, Green Papers, Politics1, Wikipedia, state election sites
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