The presidential primary, caucus season will begin nearly a month later next year than it did in 2012. Then, the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses were held on Jan. 3. In 2016, they will take place on Feb. 1. As in many recent nominating cycles, though, there will be more primaries and first-round caucuses in March than any other month. Many will take place in the South, with the glut of primaries and caucuses on March 1 dubbed “the SEC primary.” It is a reference to the football-crazed Southeastern Conference, which spans much of the region. A key date on the calendar will be March 15. Republican delegate-selection events held before then must proportionally divide delegates among the candidates to reflect their vote (provided that they win a “floor” percentage that varies by state). Delegate-selection events held on March 15 or later can award delegates on a winner-take-all basis. While virtually all states have set their primary or first-round caucus dates, the calendar below should be considered tentative, especially for the territories. State-by-state delegate counts will be included in the next issue.

Source: The Rhodes–Cook Letter, December 2015

The following is a calendar of the Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses being held from February 1 through June 18, 2016:

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Cook, R. (2015). 2016 Presidential primaries and caucuses. Retrieved from
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