|The Democrats pick their candidate on July 13 - 16 2020|
The 2020 elections, scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, are 18 months away.
The two parties will formally pick their candidates in the summer of 2020 at nominating conventions. Trump is overwhelmingly predicted to win his parties nomination. However, he has picked up his first opponent, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, who is as moderate and liberal on social issues a Republican can get. It is yet to be seen if Trump will even bother debating him.
The Democrats have already attracted considerable interest with a wide range of candidates in the field and preparing to enter. Some key dates to keep in mind are -
June 26 and 27 2019 --- The First Presidential Debates
Debates will continue through the end of the year
The Nominating Primaries and Caucuses kick off in 2020
Four small states will first go in different regions:
February 3: Iowa
February 11: New Hampshire
February 22: Nevada
February 29: South Carolina
States will vote in large "blocks" in March. The candidate should be effectively selected by the end of this month.
March 3: (Super Tuesday) - Alabama, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia
March 7: (Louisiana)
March 10: (Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington (State), North Dakota, Democrats Abroad
March 17: Arizona, Florida, and Illinois primaries
March: (undetermined dates) Colorado, Maine, Wyoming
In case a clear winner is not selected by the end of March, two important primaries should sort things out for Democrats in April:
Wisconsin: April 7
New York: April (date undetermined, New York could move the primary up to March).
The Democrats are "front-loading" their nominating process in the hopes of picking a nominee by April 1. The drawn out party nominating process and recriminations between the Sanders and Clinton forces was seen as one reason why the party could not effectively unify in time for the general election. California's move to March from its traditional June date should help clarify the situation earlier.