Political Event Calendar Everyone Needs to Know About

Want to understand this year’s election political memes but never know when the debates are? Well, look no further. The Daily Twenties put together a list of the important dates to look out for, so you don’t miss another opportunity to mock Trump via Twitter in real time.

To break it down for all you political dummies out there, we are still in the process of choosing a Democratic and Republican nominee for the upcoming election in 2016. They are elected state by state in two different ways: through a caucus or through a primary election. A caucus is system of local gatherings where voters decide which candidate to support and send to the convention. A primary election is a statewide voting process where voters cast secret ballots for their preferred candidates. States either have a caucus or a primary election.

Currently five Democratic Presidential candidates are in the race for the nominees, whereas the GOP party has a whopping fifteen Republican Presidential candidates.

The major candidates to watch in each party, so far, are Secretary Hillary “I Did Not Have Relations with That Email” Clinton and Senator Bernie “Granola” Sanders for the Democrats.

For the GOP, Donald “You’re Fired” Trump, Carly “GOP’s Last Chance For Female Voters” Fiorina, Dr. Ben “Scrubs” Carson, Governor Jeb “I’m Not My Brother” Bush (FL) and Sen. Marco “The Baby” Rubio (FL) are a handful of the many candidates to watch.

As of now, these are the major events and happenings in this 2015-2016 Presidential Election season.

October, 2015

10/13: CNN will host a debate for Democratic nominees.* Time and candidates TBD.

10/28: CNBC debate for the Republican nominees. Time and candidates TBD.

November, 2015

11/14: CBS debate for all Democratic nominees. Time TBD.

December, 2015

12/15: CNN debate for the Republican nominees. Time and candidates TBD.

12/19: ABC debate for all Democratic nominees. Time TBD.

January, 2016

1/17: NBC debate for all Democratic nominees. Time TBD.

February, 2016

2/1: Iowa Caucus

2/9: New Hampshire Caucus

2/6: ABC debate for the Republican nominees. Time and candidates TBD.

2/13: CBS debate for the Republican nominees. Time and candidates TBD.

2/20: Nevada caucus (Democratic candidates)

South Carolina (GOP candidates)

2/23: Nevada caucus (GOP candidates)

2/27: South Carolina caucus (Democratic candidates)

2/26: NBC debate for the Republican nominees. Time and candidates TBD.

March, 2016

3/1: Caucus for CO and MN

Primary election for AL, AK, AR, GA, MA, NC, OK, TN, TX, VT, and VA

3/5: Caucus for KS, KY (GOP), and NE (Dem)

Primary election for LA

3/8: GOP Caucus for HI

Primary election for MS and MI

3/10: CNN debate for the Republican nominees. Time and candidates TBD.

3/13: Primary election for Puerto Rico (GOP)

3/15: Primary election for FL, IL, MO, and OH

3/22: Primary election for AZ and UT

3/26: Democratic Caucus for AK and HI

April, 2016

4/5: Primary election in WI

4/19: Primary election in NY

4/26: Primary election in CT, DE, MD, PA, and RI

May, 2016

5/3: Primary election in IN

5/10: Primary election in NE (GOP) and WV

5/17: Primary election in KY (Dem) and OR

June, 2016

6/5: Primary election in Puerto Rico (Dem)

6/7: Primary election in CA, MT, NJ, NM, and SD

6/14: Primary election in Washington DC

July, 2016

7/18-7/21: 2016 Republican National Convention held in Cleveland, OH.

7/25-7/28: 2016 Democratic National Convention held in Philadelphia, PA.

September, 2016

9/27: National Voter Registration Day

November, 2016

11/8: The United States Presidential Election Day of 2016

If you live in ND, ID, ME, WA or WY, your state has no firm date set for primary election day. As nominees are chosen and swing states** are created, this list will be filled with all-you-can-read dates, events and happenings regarding this upcoming election, so check back in accordingly!

*This is the first Democratic Primary debate THIS season, aka set your DVR’s now, because it’s going to be big. The five major Democratic candidates will face off in this debate.

** A swing state is a state in which no single candidate or party has overwhelming support in securing that state’s electoral college votes. These states normally decide the outcome on general election day.

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