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2018 Federal Election Primary Calendar

Federal Election Primary Calendar

Alabama 9-Feb 5-Jun 17-Jul
Alaska 1-Jun 21-Aug
Arizona 30-May 28-Aug
Arkansas 1-Mar 22-May 19-Jun
California 9-Mar 5-Jun
Colorado 20-Mar 26-Jun
Connecticut 12-Jun 14-Aug
Delaware 10-Jul 6-Sep
Florida 4-May 28-Aug
Georgia 9-Mar 22-May 24-Jul
Hawaii 5-Jun 11-Aug
Idaho 9-Mar 15-May
Illinois 4-Dec-17 20-Mar
Indiana 9-Feb 8-May
Iowa 16-Mar 5-Jun
Kansas 1-Jun 7-Aug
Kentucky 30-Jan 22-May
Louisiana 20-Jul 6-Nov 8-Dec
Maine 15-Mar 12-Jun
Maryland 27-Feb 26-Jun
Massachusetts 5-Jun 4-Sep
Michigan 24-Apr 7-Aug
Minnesota 5-Jun 14-Aug
Mississippi 1-Mar 5-Jun 26-Jun
Missouri 27-Mar 7-Aug
Montana 12-Mar 5-Jun
Nebraska 1-Mar 15-May
Nevada 16-Mar 12-Jun
New Hampshire 15-Jun 11-Sep
New Jersey 2-Apr 5-Jun
New Mexico 13-Mar 5-Jun
New York 12-Apr 26-Jun
North Carolina 28-Feb 8-May 17-Jul
North Dakota 9-Apr 12-Jun
Ohio 7-Feb 8-May
Oklahoma 13-Apr 26-Jun 28-Aug
Oregon 6-Mar 15-May
Pennsylvania 6-Mar 15-May
Rhode Island 27-Jun 12-Sep
South Carolina 30-Mar 12-Jun 26-Jun
South Dakota 27-Mar 5-Jun 14-Aug
Tennessee 5-Apr 2-Aug
Texas 11-Dec-17 6-Mar 22-May
Utah 15-Mar 26-Jun
Vermont 31-May 14-Aug
Virginia 29-Mar 12-Jun
Washington 18-May 7-Aug
West Virginia 27-Jan 8-May
Wisconsin 1-Jun 14-Aug
Wyoming 1-Jun 21-Aug


  • 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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