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US election 2024 timeline: New Hampshire primary date set for Jan 23 in defiance of Biden

A look at some of the key dates as election campaigns start to ramp up
A look at some of the key dates as election campaigns start to ramp up

The pace of the 2024 presidential campaign is quickening with the Iowa caucuses less than two months away.

On Wednesday, New Hampshire officially set the date of its presidential primary for Jan 23, defying a plan pushed by Joe Biden and the Democratic Party to have the state give up its first-in-the-nation primary.

New Hampshire will remain first on the primary calendar, but faces punishment from the Democratic National Committee, including the loss of delegates to the Democratic convention.

The 2024 timetable is also complicated by the blizzard of litigation faced by Donald Trump, who will have to juggle campaigning with a series of court appearances.

Here The Telegraph gives you a comprehensive overview of all the key dates coming up and those you missed.

2023

Dec 6 

The fourth Republican debate is set to take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

2024

Jan 6

Three year anniversary of the Jan 6 attack on the capitol by pro-Trump rioters.

President Donald Trump sits between his attorneys Todd Blanche and John Lauro in a Washington court
President Donald Trump sits between his attorneys Todd Blanche and John Lauro in a Washington court - JANE ROSENBERG

Jan 15

Iowa, the first state to vote in the Republican primary contest, hosts its caucuses.

Jan 15

Start of the second civil defamation case against Mr Trump brought by writer E Jean Carroll.

Jan 23

The New Hampshire primary has been set for Jan 23, despite the Democratic National Committee trying to put the date back.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife campaigning in Iowa on August 10
Former Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife campaigning in Iowa on August 10 - Al Drago

Feb 3

The South Carolina Democratic primary.

Feb 24

The South Carolina Republican primary.

March 4

Trial date for Mr Trump in the Washington federal case charging the former president with trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

March 5

“Super Tuesday” - the date when 15 states hold primaries and caucuses including Texas and California. It could be a decisive point in the Republican primary race.

March 12

Michigan among another seven states hold primaries and caucuses.

March 19

Primaries in four more states including Florida and Illinois.

March 25

Start of Stormy Daniels’ “hush money” case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Donald Trump during the Official Pro-Am Tournament in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 10
Donald Trump during the Official Pro-Am Tournament in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 10 - TIMOTHY A. CLARY

April

Primaries in Wisconsin, Delaware, Maryland Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

May

Primaries in Indiana, Nebraska, West Virginia, Kentucky and Oregon.

May 14

A pretrial hearing in the classified documents case, in which Mr Trump is accused by special prosecutor Jack Smith of illegally hoarding papers at Mar-a-Lago and obstructing the government’s attempts to retrieve them.

May 20

The classified documents case begins.

June

Primaries in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Washington DC.

July 15-18

The Republican National Convention takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Republican presidential candidate will officially be announced.

Aug 19-22

The Democratic National Convention takes place in Chicago.

Nov 5

Election day.

Dec 10

The Safe Harbour Deadline - when states have to settle any disputes over who is sent to the Electoral College, the body that formally casts the votes to decide the outcome of the election.

Dec 16

Electors meet in their state capitals to formally cast their votes for the Electoral College.

Rioters storming the captiol on Jan 6 2020
Rioters storming the captiol on Jan 6 2020 - Jose Luis Magana

Jan 6

The formal counting of votes in the Electoral College takes place at a joint session of Congress.

Following the 2020 census, Texas gained two electoral votes while Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon each gained one.

California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia each lost one.

It will be the first formal counting of the votes on Jan 6 since the 2021 attack on the Capitol.

2025

Jan 20

Inauguration Day - when the president-elect is sworn into office.