Preliminary 2012 Presidential Primary and Caucus Schedule

UPDATE: This post was written nearly one year ago and since then there have been changes.  For a final calendar of the Caucus and primary dates visit the Election Schedule of White House 2012 by clicking here.

Bookmark and Share White House 2012 has compiled a preliminary, or perhaps a better phrase would be, a working calendar, of the 2012 Republican presidential primaries and caucuses.

This calendar has been established based upon the information available from numerous sources, calls to the offices of many sectretary of states and a mix of educated guesses based upon the likely conclusions of a great many factors affecting the political calender. It is important to reiterate that this is a preliminary calender and one must remember that as we speak , many states are developing or considering bills that will move their presidential primary or caucuses up or back a number of days or weeks.

The list compiled by White House 2012 also includes not only the tentaive date of the presidential contetsts but also the number of delegates up for grabs from each state and how the delegates are allocated. Some are winner-take-all contests. Some are open to registered voters from Parties other than the G.O.P.. All the variations are clarified in the new White House 2102 primary and caucus calender.

Someof the dates here are sure tol change and some states we have not even been able to yet iclude anywhere on the calendar because of too many conflicting reports and proposed state legislative or state Party date changes.

While the calender is included in this White House 2012 post, it will always be availlable to readers on its own page within White House 2012. That page can be found here or at: Check back frequently for it will be updated regularly.



Preliminary2012 Presidential Primary Calendar



Monday, January 16th; 28 Delegates Up

  • Iowa 28 Caucus- Closed

Tuesday, January 21st; 23 Delegates Up

  • New Hampshire 23 Primary/Proportional -Modified

Saturday, January 28th: 73 Delegates Up

  • Nevada 23 Caucus Closed
  • South Carolina – 50 Primary/ Winner-Take-All Open

Tuesday, January 31st; 99 delegates Up

  • Florida 99 -Primary/Winner-Take-All Closed

Tuesday, February 7th; 680 Delegates Up

  • Alabama 50 Primary/Winner-Take-All Open
  • California 172 Primary/Winner-Take-All Closed
  • Connecticut 28 Primary/Winner-Take-All Closed
  • Delaware 17 Primary/Winner-Take-All Closed
  • Georgia 75 Primary/Winner-Take-All Modified
  • Missouri -53 Primary/Winner-Take-All Closed
  • New Jersey 50 – Primary/Winner-Take-All – Modified
  • New York – 95 Primary/Winner-Take-All Closed
  • Oklahoma – 43 Primary/Winner-Take-All Closed
  • Tennessee – 58 Primary/Winner-Take-All (by district) Open
  • Utah – 39 Primary/Winner-Take-All Modified

Saturday, February 11th; 44 Delegates Up

  • Louisiana – 44 Primary/Proportional Closed

Tuesday, February 14th; 56 Delegates Up

  • Maryland 37 Primary/Winner-Take-All Closed
  • Virginia – 49 Primary/Winner-Take-All Open

Tuesday, February 21st; 62 Delegates Up

  • Hawaii 20 Caucus Closed
  • Wisconsin – 42 -Primary/Winner-Take-All Open

Tuesday, February 28th; 66 Delegates Up

  • Arizona – 57 Primary/Winner-Take-All Closed
  • Michigan – 59 – Primary/Winner-Take-All Open

Tuesday, March 6th; –335Delegates Up

  • Minnesota 40 Caucus Open
  • Massachusetts – 41 Primary/Proportional Modified
  • Ohio – 66 Primary/Winner-Take-All Modified
  • Rhode Island – 19 – Primary/Proportional – Modified
  • Texas – 152 Primary/ Winner-Take-All (by district) – Open
  • Vermmont – 17 Primary/Winner-Take-All Open

Tuesday, March 13th; 37 delegates Up

  • Mississippi 37 Primary/Winner-Take-All (by district) Open

Tuesday, March 20th; 105 Delegates Up

  • Colorado – 36 Caucus Closed
  • Illinois – 69 Loophole Primary Open

Tuesday, April 24th; 72 Delegates Up

  • Pennsylvania 72 Loophole Primary Closed

Tuesday, May 8th; 132 Delegates Up

  • Indiana 46 Primary/Winner-Take-all Open
  • North Carolina 55 Primary/Proportional – Modified
  • West Virginia 31 Primary/Winner-Take-All Modified

Tuesday, May 15th; 64 Delegates Up

  • Nebraska – 35 Advisory Modified
  • Oregon 29 Primary/Proportional – Closed

Tuesday, May 27th; 113 Delegates Up

  • Arkansas 36 Primary/Proportional Open
  • Idaho – 32 Primary/Proportional Open
  • Kentucky – 45 Primary/ Proportional Closed

Tuesday, June 7th; – 57 Delegates Up

  • Montana – 26 Primary/ Winner-Take-All Open
  • New Mexico -23 Primary/Proportional Closed
  • South Dakota 28 Primary/Proportional Closed

Monday, August 27th Thursday, August 30th, 2012;

  • 40th National Republican Convention in Florida
Need to Nominate 1,211
(available) 2,421
Total 2,421




Definition of Terms

  • *Proportional = Delgates are handed out based upon the percentage of their total votes
  • *Winner-Take-All = The winner takes all of the states delegates to the convention
  • *Winner-Take-All (by distrcit) = Delegates are handed out by the congressional districts candidates win in
  • *Open = Anyone feom any Party or unaffiliated registartion can vote in either the primary or caucus
  • *Modified = Only registered Republicans and Registered Independent or unafilated voters can vote in the primary or caucus
  • *Closed = Only registered Republicans can vote in the primary or caucus


How Delegate Counts Are Reached

  • Delegate counts are based on the number of Republicans elected to Governors chairs,the State Legislatures, U.S. Senators seats and, U.S. House seats. Republican unpledged delegate counts are determined by stateor party rules.
  • Republican penalities for violating the timing window are not included in these delegate tallies.
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3 Responses

  1. […] 2012 Presidential Primary and Caucus Schedule « White … Posted by Feb 21 2011 Steve wrote an interesting post today. Here’s a quick excerptThe list compiled by White House 2012 […]

  2. But I was just reading that the Texas primary date is up in the air, having to be moved to either April or May, due to a redistricting battle there.

    • Yes, you are correct. I just changed the date on the this calender this week, because I seemed to have been the odd man out when it came to my clonclusion that the Texas primary would be held later in the process. I probably should have held firm but I guess I succumbed to peer pressure from the blogosphere. But in any event, you are correct and that date is not solid yet.

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