2020 Republican Party presidential primaries

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2020 Republican Party presidential primaries

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2,472 delegate votes to the Republican National Convention
1,237 delegates votes needed to win

Previous Republican nominee

Donald Trump



The 2020 Republican Party presidential primaries and caucuses will be a series of electoral contests taking place within all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Sanctioned by the Republican Party, these elections are designed to select the 2,472 delegates to send to the Republican National Convention, who will select the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2020 election. The delegates also approve the party platform and vice-presidential nominee.

President Donald Trump formally launched his bid for re-election on February 17, 2017.

Candidates[edit]

Numerous pundits, journalists and politicians have speculated that the 2020 election cycle might see a significant Republican Party challenger to President Donald Trump, namely because of his historic unpopularity in polls, his association with allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and his support of unpopular policies and decisions.[1][2][3]

Several Republican critics of the Trump Administration have hinted at or are reportedly considering challenging Trump in 2020. In January 2019, former Republican Governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld changed his party affiliation back to Republican.[4] On February 15, 2019, Weld announced the formation of a 2020 presidential exploratory committee.[5]

Former Ohio Governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich has been the subject of rumors of a possible bipartisan ticket with Democratic former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.[6] Kasich has denied that he would form such a ticket.[7] In November 2018, however, Kasich asserted that he was "very seriously" considering a White House bid in 2020.[8]

Following his 2018 reelection victory, incumbent Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was the subject of presidential speculation, particularly after his second inaugural address. In January 2019, reports indicated that Hogan was considering a potential 2020 bid for the White House.[9][10] Hogan has met with commentator Bill Kristol and strategist Sarah Longwell, both prominent Never-Trump conservatives.[10]

Several Trump critics within the GOP have stated that they will not challenge him in 2020. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the election to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), which would give him a significant platform from which to challenge Trump;[11] in January 2019, however, Romney stated that he would not run against Trump in 2020.[12] Other Republican Trump critics who have said that they will not seek to unseat Trump in 2020 include 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina[13] and former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake.[14]

Declared candidates and exploratory committees[edit]

  Formed exploratory committee but has not officially declared candidacy
Name Born Experience State Campaign
Announcement date
Ref
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Donald Trump
June 14, 1946
(age 72)
Queens, New York
Incumbent

Reform candidate for President in 2000

President of The Trump Organization

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New York

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(Campaign)
Announced campaign:
February 17, 2017

FEC filing[15]
[16]
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Bill Weld
July 31, 1945
(age 73)
Smithtown, New York
Governor of Massachusetts (1991–1997)

Libertarian nominee for Vice President in 2016

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Massachusetts

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(Campaign)
Exploratory committee:
February 15, 2019
[17]

Individuals who have publicly expressed interest[edit]

Individuals in this section have expressed an interest in running for president within the last six months.


Declined to be candidates[edit]

The individuals in this section have been the subject of 2020 presidential speculation, but have publicly stated that they will not seek the White House in 2020.

Endorsements[edit]

Donald Trump
Bill Weld
Individuals

Timeline[edit]

Overview[edit]

Active campaign
Exploratory committee
Midterm elections
Iowa caucuses
Super Tuesday
Republican convention
Bill Weld 2020 presidential campaignDonald Trump 2020 presidential campaign

2017[edit]

  • February 17: Trump formally announces his candidacy for a second term and holds the first of an occasional series of campaign rallies in Melbourne, Florida.[79]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

  • January 17: Bill Weld changes his voter registration from Libertarian back to Republican, furthering speculation he will announce a primary challenge against Trump.[82]
  • January 23: The Republican National Committee votes unanimously to express "undivided support" of Trump's "effective presidency".[83]
  • February 12: President Trump holds his first mass rally of the year.[84]
  • February 15: Weld announces the formation of an exploratory committee, becoming the President's first official notable challenger.[85]

2020[edit]

The following anticipated primary and caucus dates may change depending on legislation passed before the scheduled primary dates.[86]

February
March
  • March 3: Super Tuesday (Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia primaries)[86]
  • March 7: Louisiana primary[86]
  • March 10: Hawaii caucus; Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio primaries[86]
  • March 17: Arizona, Florida, and Illinois primaries[86]
  • Not yet determined: Colorado caucus (March 3, 10 or 17)[86]
April
  • April 7: Wisconsin primary[86]
  • April 28: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island primaries[86]
May
  • May 5: Indiana primary[86]
  • May 12: Nebraska and West Virginia primaries[86]
  • May 19: Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oregon primaries[86]
  • May 26: Washington primary[86]
June
  • June 2: Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota primaries[86]
Other primaries and caucuses
  • Not yet determined (dates of 2016 primaries/caucuses listed in parentheses): Nevada (February 23), North Dakota (by March 1), Alaska, Wyoming (March 1), Kansas, Maine (March 5), Virgin Islands (March 10), and Northern Mariana Islands (March 15) caucuses and South Carolina (February 20), Georgia (March 1), Puerto Rico (March 6), Idaho (March 22), and New York (April 19) primaries; District of Columbia, Guam (March 12), American Samoa (March 22) conventions; Utah (March 22) has a presidential caucus, but a primary option if funded; New York primary is scheduled for February 4 for procedural reasons, but the date is expected to be amended.[86]
  • On December 19, 2018, the Washington Examiner reported that the South Carolina Republican Party had not ruled out forgoing a primary contest to protect Trump from any primary challengers. Party chairman Drew McKissick stated, “Considering the fact that the entire party supports the president, we’ll end up doing what’s in the president’s best interest.”[87] On January 24, another Washington Examiner report indicated that the Kansas Republican Party was "likely" to scrap its presidential caucus to "save resources".[88]

National convention[edit]

Bids for the Republican National Convention were solicited in the fall of 2017, with finalists being announced early the following spring. On July 18, 2018, Charlotte, North Carolina's Spectrum Center was chosen unanimously as the site of the convention.[80]

Primary election polling[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This individual is not a member of the Republican Party, but has been the subject of speculation or expressed interest in running under this party.

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