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The 2016 Presidential Primary Calendar
The 2016 Presidential Primary Calendar
Latest update: 8/13/13 (Change to North Carolina law added)
Reading the Map:
As was the case with the maps from past cycles, the earlier a contest is scheduled in 2012, the darker the color in which the state is shaded. Arizona, for instance, is a much deeper shade of blue in February than California is in June. There are, however, some differences between the earlier maps and the one that appears above.
Several caucus states have yet to select a date for the first step of their delegate selection processes in 2016. Until a decision is made by state parties in those states, they will appear in gray on the map.
The states where legislation to move the presidential primary is active are two-toned with wide, diagonal stripes. One color indicates the timing of the primary according to the current law whereas the second color is meant to highlight the month to which the primary could be moved. For example, a bill currently being considered in Massachusetts would move the presidential primary from its current position in March to a new spot on the calendar in June.
Other states -- the carve-out states and states with state laws providing guidance for setting a primary or caucuses date but no specific date or multiple specified dates -- are also two-toned with narrow, horizontal stripes. In this case, one color (gray) represents the uncertainty of the primary or caucuses date now while the other color (or colors) highlight the options available to states or the most likely date for a contest in that state given the information we currently have. So, in Iowa, for instance, we know that the state parties in the Hawkeye state will want to protect the first in the nation status they have enjoyed in the past. To maintain that position alone, Iowa could now conduct its precinct caucuses as late as January 18, 2016. In a state like Utah, the primary itself is dependent on the state legislature allocating funds for that purpose. Should legislators in the Beehive state follow through on that action for 2016, the primary would be in early February. That explains the color in both instances.
States that are bisected vertically are states where the state parties have different dates for their caucuses and/or primaries. The left hand section is shaded to reflect the state Democratic Party's scheduling while the right is for the state Republican Party's decision on the timing of its delegate selection event (see Nebraska). This holds true for states -- typically caucus states -- with a history of different dates across parties but which also have not yet chosen a contest date.
Reading the calendar:
Note that if you click on the state name in the calendar below, the link will take you to the relevant section of the state's law or party's bylaws covering the date of the primary or caucus.
Links to discussions of 2013 state-level legislation addressing the dates of future presidential primaries have also been added (see 2013 Legislation in the calendar).
Markers have also been added indicating whether legislation has become law or has died at some point in the legislative process.
2016 Presidential Primary Calendar
Monday, January 18:
Iowa caucuses 1(***tentative given current information***)
Tuesday, January 26:
New Hampshire (***tentative given current information***)
Tuesday, February 2:
Missouri (2013 Legislation: March primary: House/Senate, April primary -- all Died in Committee)
Utah4 (2013 Legislation: Primary funding -- Signed into Law)
Saturday, February 6:
Nevada caucuses (***tentative given current information***)
Saturday, February 13:
South Carolina (***tentative given current information***)
Tuesday, February 16:
North Carolina (***tentative given current information***)
Tuesday, February 23:
Arizona (2013 Legislation: Fix primary date to date of Iowa caucuses)
Tuesday, March 1:
Florida5 (2013 Legislation: March primary -- Died in Committee; Primary on first unpenalized date -- Signed into Law)
Massachusetts (2013 legislation: June primary)
Texas (2013 Legislation: Saturday primary, February primary -- all Died in Committee)
Tuesday, March 8:
Hawaii Republican caucuses
Tuesday, March 15:
Saturday, March 19:
Tuesday, April 5:
Washington, DC (2013 Legislation: June primary)
Tuesday, April 26:
Tuesday, May 3:
Tuesday, May 10:
Tuesday, May 17:
Tuesday, May 24:
Tuesday, June 7:
Montana (2013 Legislation: May primary -- Died in Committee)
Primary states with no specified date:
Maine (2013 Legislation: establish primary -- Died in Committee)
Nevada8 (2013 Legislation: January primary -- Died in Committee)
North Carolina9 (2013 Legislation: Move primary to Tuesday after South Carolina primary if South Carolina is before March 15 -- Signed into Law)
Without dwelling on something that is WELL before its time, FHQ should note that those February states are only problematic in 2016 if the two parties' delegates selection rules mirror the rules from the 2012 cycle. They may or may not. The real problem children, if you will, are the primary states without specified dates for 2016. As of June 2013 they remain the free agents for the 2016 primary calendar and the ones that may bear the most intense watching between now and mid-2015. That said, first things first: The first step is a set of rules from the DNC and RNC. We have a ways to go before the parties settle on/finalize something on that front (summer 2014). The Republican Party is further along in its process than are the Democrats.
1 This date does conflict with the Martin Luther King Day holiday in 2016. As John Deeth points out that is an issue that was a source of some discontent among Iowa Democrats when the caucuses and holiday overlapped in 2004. If that is an issue again in 2016, it may affect the date of the caucuses above. Moving it up further would perhaps push the envelope a bit too much, but the state parties may opt to hold the caucuses on a Tuesday -- a week before New Hampshire on January 19 -- as they did in 2012.
2 The state parties have the option of choosing either the first Tuesday in March date called for in the statute or moving up to the first Tuesday in February.
3 The state parties must agree on a date on which to hold caucuses by March 1 in the year prior to a presidential election. If no agreement is reached, the caucuses are set for the first Tuesday in February.
4 The Western States Presidential Primary in Utah is scheduled for the first Tuesday in February, but the contest will only be held on that date if the state legislature decides to allocate funds for the primary.
5 Democratic-sponsored legislation would establish a specific date for the Florida presidential primary; the second Tuesday in March.
6 See definition of "Spring primary" for clause dealing with the timing of the presidential primary.
7 Kansas has not held a presidential primary since 1992. Funds have not been appropriated by the legislature for the primary since that time. That said, there are laws in place providing for a presidential preference primary. Assuming funding, the Kansas secretary of state has the option of choosing a date -- on or before November 1 in the year preceding the presidential election -- that either coincides with at least 5 other states' delegate selection events or is on the first Tuesday in April or before.
8 A Republican-sponsored bill during the 2013 session of the Nevada legislature would create a consolidated primary (presidential primary together with state primaries) and move the contest from June to January.
9 The North Carolina primary is now scheduled for the Tuesday following the South Carolina primary if the South Carolina contest is prior to March 15. Given the protected status South Carolina enjoys with the national parties, a primary prior to March 15 is a certainty for both parties in the Palmetto state. The link to the North Carolina statute does not yet reflect the change made to the presidential primary law. Language laying out the parameters for the primary can be found in the bill (HB 589) recently signed into law.
Class 1 consists of:
- the 33 senators who were elected in November 2012, whose seats are scheduled for re-election in November 2018, and whose terms began in January 2013 and will end in January 2019
States with a Class 1 senator: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Class 2 consists of:
- the 33 current senators whose seats are scheduled for re-election in November 2014, and whose terms end in January 2015; and
States with a Class 2 senator:
Alabama, Jeff Sessions
Alaska, Mark Begich D
Arkansas, Mark Pryor D
Colorado, Mark Udall D
Delaware, Chris Coons
Georgia, Saxby Chambliss R
Idaho, James Risich R
Illinois, Dick Durban D
Iowa, Tom Harkin D
Tea Party Express endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel is starting to really garner attention in recent weeks. Chris is the first candidate we endorsed for good reason and we believe that he fits the mold of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul.
Republican Senator Thad Cochran has been sitting in office for more than 30 years, and it has come time for him to retire. Spending has grown out of control, and the regulatory environment is crippling economic growth - it's time for some fresh blood and new ideas.
Tennessee, Lamar Alexander R
Texas, John Cornyn R
Virginia, Mark Warner D
West Virginia, Jay Rockefeller D
and Wyoming. Mike Enzi R
Class 3 consists of:
- the 34 current senators whose seats are scheduled for re-election in November 2016, and whose terms end in January 2017; and.
States with a Class 3 senator: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania,South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
United States Senate, 113th Congress
Party totals: Democrats (D) 52; Republicans (R) 46; Independents (I) 2
state senator (party) service began term ends
Alabama Richard Shelby (R) 1987 2017
Jeff Sessions (R) 1997 2015
Alaska Lisa Murkowski (R) 2002 2017
Mark Begich (D) 2009 2015
Arizona John McCain (R) 1987 2017
Jeff Flake (R) 2013 2019
Arkansas Mark Pryor (D) 2003 2015
John Boozman (R) 2011 2017
California Dianne Feinstein (D) 19921 2019
Barbara Boxer (D) 1993 2017
Colorado Mark Udall (D) 2009 2015
Michael F. Bennet (D) 20092 2017
Connecticut Richard Blumenthal (D) 2011 2017
Chris Murphy (D) 2013 2019
Delaware Tom Carper (D) 2001 2019
Chris Coons (D) 20103 2015
Florida Bill Nelson (D) 2001 2019
Marco Rubio (R) 2011 2017
Georgia Saxby Chambliss (R) 2003 2015
Johnny Isakson (R) 2005 2017
Hawaii Mazie Hirono (D) 2013 2019
Brian Schatz (D) 20124 2014
Idaho Mike Crapo (R) 1999 2017
James E. Risch (R) 2009 2015
Illinois Dick Durbin (D) 1997 2015
Mark Kirk (R) 20105 2017
Indiana Dan Coats (R) 2011 2017
Joe Donnelly (D) 2013 2019
Iowa Chuck Grassley (R) 1981 2017
Tom Harkin (D) 1985 2015
Kansas Pat Roberts (R) 1997 2015
Jerry Moran (R) 2011 2017
Kentucky Mitch McConnell (R) 1985 2015
Rand Paul (R) 2011 2017
Louisiana Mary L. Landrieu (D) 1997 2015
David Vitter (R) 2005 2017
Maine Susan Collins (R) 1997 2015
Angus King (I) 2013 2019
Maryland Barbara Mikulski (D) 1987 2017
Benjamin L. Cardin (D) 2007 2019
Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (D) 2013 2019
Ed Markey (D) 20136 2015
Michigan Carl Levin (D) 1979 2015
Debbie Stabenow (D) 2001 2019
Minnesota Amy Klobuchar (D) 2007 2019
Al Franken (D) 2009 2015
Mississippi Thad Cochran (R) 1979 2015
Roger Wicker (R) 20077 2019
Missouri Claire McCaskill (D) 2007 2019
Roy Blunt (R) 2011 2017
Montana Max Baucus (D) 1979 2015
Jon Tester (D) 2007 2019
Nebraska Mike Johanns (R) 2009 2015
Deb Fischer (R) 2013 2019
Nevada Harry Reid (D) 1987 2017
Dean Heller (R) 20118 2019
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen (D) 2009 2015
Kelly Ayotte (R) 2011 2017
New Jersey Robert Menendez (D) 20069 2019
Jeff Chiesa (R) 201310 2013
New Mexico Tom Udall (D) 2009 2015
Martin Heinrich (D) 2013 2019
New York Charles E. Schumer (D) 1999 2017
Kirsten Gillibrand (D) 200911 2019
North Carolina Richard Burr (R) 2005 2017
Kay Hagan (D) 2009 2015
North Dakota John Hoeven (R) 2011 2017
Heidi Heitkamp (D) 2013 2019
Ohio Sherrod Brown (D) 2007 2019
Rob Portman (R) 2011 2017
Oklahoma James M. Inhofe (R) 199412 2015
Tom Coburn (R) 2005 2017
Oregon Ron Wyden (D) 199613 2017
Jeff Merkley (D) 2009 2015
Pennsylvania Robert P. Casey (D) 2007 2019
Pat Toomey (R) 2011 2017
Rhode Island Jack Reed (D) 1997 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse (D) 2007 2019
South Carolina Lindsey Graham (R) 2003 2015
Tim Scott (R) 201314 2015
South Dakota Tim Johnson (D) 1997 2015
John Thune (R) 2005 2017
Tennessee Lamar Alexander (R) 2003 2015
Bob Corker (R) 2007 2019
Texas John Cornyn (R) 2002 2015
Ted Cruz (R) 2013 2019
Utah Orrin G. Hatch (R) 1977 2019
Mike Lee (R) 2011 2017
Vermont Patrick Leahy (D) 1975 2017
Bernie Sanders (I) 2007 2019
Virginia Mark R. Warner (D) 2009 2015
Tim Kaine (D) 2013 2019
Washington Patty Murray (D) 1993 2017
Maria Cantwell (D) 2001 2019
West Virginia Jay Rockefeller (D) 1985 2015
Joseph Manchin (D) 201015 2019
Wisconsin Ron Johnson (R) 2011 2017
Tammy Baldwin (D) 2013 2019
Wyoming Mike Enzi (R) 1997 2015
John Barrasso (R) 200716 2019
1Dianne Feinstein was elected in November 1992 to complete the term of Pete Wilson, who resigned in 1991 to become California’s governor.
2Michael F. Bennet was appointed in January 2009 to complete the term of Ken Salazar, who resigned to become secretary of the interior.
3Ted Kaufman was appointed in January 2009 to replace Joe Biden, who resigned to become vice president. In 2010 Chris Coons won a special election to complete the term.
4Brian Schatz was appointed in December 2012 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Daniel Inouye. A special election was scheduled for 2014.
5Roland W. Burris was appointed in December 2008 and took office in January 2009 to replace Barack Obama, who resigned to become president. In 2010 Mark Kirk won a special election to complete the term.
6William Cowan was appointed in January 2013 and took office in February to replace John Kerry, who resigned to became secretary of state. In July 2013 Ed Markey won a special election to complete the term.
7Roger Wicker was appointed in December 2007 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Trent Lott.
8Dean Heller was appointed in April 2011 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Ensign.
9Robert Menendez was appointed in January 2006 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jon S. Corzine.
10Jeff Chiesa was appointed in June 2013 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Frank R. Lautenberg. A special election was scheduled for later in the year.
11Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed in January 2009 to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who resigned to become secretary of state.
12James M. Inhofe was elected in November 1994 to complete the term of David Boren, who resigned to become president of the University of Oklahoma.
13Ron Wyden was elected in January 1996 to complete the term of Bob Packwood, who resigned in 1995.
14Tim Scott was appointed in December 2012 and took office in January 2013 to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Jim DeMint.
15Joseph Manchin won a special election in 2010 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert C. Byrd.
16John Barrasso was appointed in June 2007 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Craig Thomas.
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New resource: “Unmasking the Muslim Brotherhood in America”
A new resource from Act for America entitled “Unmasking the Muslim Brotherhood in America” with backgrounds on prominent Muslim Brotherhood groups and individuals in the U.S.
Check it out at http://www.brotherhoodunmasked.net (added to our left sidebar too)
The Muslim Brotherhood has spawned dozens and dozens of organizations across the globe, including the terrorist organizations al Qaeda and Hamas. Today, numerous Muslim organizations in America are either actively connected to the Muslim Brotherhood or owe their existence to the Muslim Brotherhood.
In 2004, federal investigators discovered a Muslim Brotherhood memorandum during a search of a northern Virginia home. The memorandum, written by Mohamed Akram for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Shura Council, described a “civilization jihad” aimed at North America. It stated: “The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” This explanatory memorandum also included a list of 29 Muslim Brotherhood connected organizations in the U.S. The memorandum was entered into evidence at the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial in 2007-2008.
Read the entire explanatory memorandum here. [Arabic] [English]
View the Muslim Brother Organizational Chart [Click Here to Download]