The 2020 U.S. presidential election will be the 59th quadrennial presidential election. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Voters will select electors who will then vote on December 14, 2020.
The series of presidential primary elections and caucuses were scheduled from February to August of 2020. Primaries and caucuses are held in various states, the District of Columbia, and territories of the U.S and are used as part of the nomination process for presidential candidates. A state’s primary or caucus is typically an indirect vote, where voters determine the number of delegates each party’s national convention will receive from their respective state.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some presidential primaries were rescheduled and others canceled in-person voting altogether. Hawaii, Kansas, Ohio, Wyoming, and Alaska all canceled their in-person voting. Five states are scheduled to vote this summer still: New Jersey (July 7), Delaware (July 7), Louisiana (July 11), Puerto Rico (July 12), and Connecticut (August 11).
Democratic Primaries and Nominee
As of June 8, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee by securing enough delegates for the nomination. Biden received an estimated 2,171 delegates, giving him more than the 1,991 required delegates needed to secure the nomination.
At the beginning of the campaign, Biden was up against Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Michael Bloomberg, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and several others looking to receive the nomination. All other candidates have either withdrew their candidacy or paused their campaigns. Senator Sanders, who was Biden’s largest competition, paused his campaign on April 8, 2020, and endorsed Biden as the presumptive nominee. Biden ended up winning 41 contests in the primaries.
The 2020 Democratic National Convention is tentatively scheduled for August 17-20, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Biden’s nomination will be made official. Biden has not yet chosen a running mate.
Republican Primaries and Nominee
President Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee with his running mate as Vice President Mike Pence.
On March 17, 2020, Trump won the Florida and Illinois primaries, giving him more than the required 1,276 delegates to secure the nomination. President Trump will be running for his second term in office. The 2020 Republican National Convention will take place from August 24-27, 2020. The first day of the convention is to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the second, third, and fourth days will take place in Jacksonville, Florida.