2020 US Election Blog Series: Edition 1

29 Nov 2019
2020 US Election Blog Series: Edition 1
The United States election timeline is one of the most extended, and not easy to interpret.  This is the first instalment of a blog series on the United States Election 2020, with each edition providing an outline of the timeline in three month instalments.  The timeline is outlined below, providing an explainer of proceedings from this month to February next year:

During November

16th - California Democratic Party Fall Endorsing Convention Forum
In this forum, the Democratic Party finalises their 2019/20 Platform and ratifies endorsements for congressional and legislative races.         

20th - Fifth Democratic Debate
This Debate is took place in Atlanta, and was hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, and is designed to provide a small number of contenders with a platform from with to further establish themselves.  At present, nine candidates have qualified for this debate, compared to the 12 who took part in October’s debate.  At the time, candidates who were eligible to take part are: During December

19th - Sixth Democratic Debate
This Debate will now be hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politcio, following a labor dispute which has seen UCLA back out as host.  To qualify for this debate, candidates must reach four percent or more in four polls approved by the DNC.  Alternatively, reaching 6 percent or more in two DNC-approved polls conducted in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina will also be accepted.  To qualify in terms of donors, candidates must receive donations from 200,000 unique donors with 800 unique donors in 20 different states, territories or the District of Columbia.
 
During February
3rd - Iowa Democratic Caucuses
This Caucuses represents the first nominating contest in the Democratic presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election. The caucuses is closed, with the state awarding 29 delegates, of which 41 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the caucuses. Of the 41 delegates, between 5 and 8 are allocated to each of the states.

Candidates must meet a viability threshold of 15 percent within an individual precinct, in order to be considered viable.   

11th - New Hampshire Primaries
The New Hampshire Primaries represents the second nominating contest in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election; and a follow on from the Iowa Caucuses.  It is semi-closed, with the state awarding 33 delegates, of which 24 are pledged delegates, allocated on the bases of the results of the primary.

22nd - Nevada Democratic Caucuses
The third nominating contest for the Party, the Nevada Democratic Caucuses is closed, with the state awarding 48 delegates, of which 36 are pledged delegates, allocated on the basis of the results of the caucuses.

29th - South Carolina Democratic Primary
The fourth nominating contest in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election, the South Carolina Primary is open, with the state awarding 63 delegates, of which 54 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.
 
Click here to download the complete timetable for the 2020 US Presidential Election.

Watch this space for more updates and instalments throughout the 2020 campaign.

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Tammy Wayne-Elliot
Tammy Wayne-Elliot
Senior Media and PR Advisor
Tammy Wayne-Elliot is the Senior PR and Media Advisor for the Perth USAsia Centre. She is responsible for public relations, media liaison and marketing and oversees the Centre's external profile.
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