With another debate under our belts, I’ve been wondering what will be the schedule of the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries. Regardless of their vote totals, states are typically rated in importance according to how early they vote in the process. Each early victory builds momentum for the candidates and most campaigns dissolve after the first several contests. That’s why so many people pay attention to the relatively small states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Four years ago, Virginia was pretty late in the process. Unfortunately, that meant that not many folks paid attention to the state. By February 12th, there were only three candidates left in a race shrunk from an earlier field of eight. This time around, it should be different. Currently Virginia holds a spot of prominence, as it is a part of the Super Tuesday primaries on March 6th. Hopefully, that means that both candidates and campaigns will take an effort to educate and impress the citizens of the Old Dominion State.
Getting back to the larger picture at hand, last week I called the RNC asking for a schedule of the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries and caucuses. It seems that didn’t have much information and therefore recommended contacting the Republican Parties of each state for information. So, I did; here are the results I have thus far. Please note that all dates are subject to change. This list is not complete and I plan to add more information as it becomes available.
Unofficial Dates for Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions for the 2012 Republican Presidential Contest
Feb 6: Iowa
Feb 14: New Hampshire
Feb 18: Nevada
Feb 28: South Carolina, Michigan (tentative)
The latter half of Feb: Maine (dates vary by county)
Mar 3: Washington
Mar 6: Super Tuesday Virginia, Vermont, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alaska, Texas, Idaho, Massachusetts
Mar 6-10: Wyoming (by county. Statewide event to follow on Mar 14)
Mar 10: Kansas
Mar 13: Alabama
Mar 20: Illinois
Mar 24: Louisiana
Apr 3: Maryland
Apr 14: Colorado
Apr 24: New York, Delaware, Connecticut (tentative), Rhode Island
May 8: West Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana
May 14: Nebraska
May 22: Kentucky, Arkansas
Jun 5: California, Montana, New Mexico
Jun 26: Utah