(Reuters) – The nominating contest for the 2020 U.S. presidential election will kick off Feb. 3 with the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa.
A dozen Democrats are vying to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election, while three Republicans have mounted primary challenges against Trump. The Republican primary, even though votes will be held in some states, is a forgone conclusion as no challenger to Trump has gained any traction.
Dates - Election - Calendar
Here are the key dates on the election calendar in 2020:
Feb. 3: Iowa caucuses. Unlike a primary election, which is similar to a general election, Iowans gather in school gyms, living rooms and other community centers around the state to cast their votes publicly. Instead of paper ballots, Democrats sit or stand together in groups to show their support for candidates. The results of the nation’s first caucuses often have an outsized effect on the contest, setting the tone for the rest of the primary.
Feb - Eighth - Debate - New - Hampshire
Feb. 7: Eighth Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire.
Feb. 11: New Hampshire primary. The results of the nation’s first primary historically has narrowed the field of candidates to a handful who compete for the nomination.
Feb - Ninth - Debate - Nevada
Feb. 19: Ninth Democratic primary debate in Nevada.
Feb. 22: Nevada caucuses....
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