Guide to the 2020 Presidential Primaries2019-12-20T07:00:15-07:00

Guide to the 2020 Presidential Primaries

Who is running? The field of candidates began with 24 Democrats and 2 Republicans and has grown and shrunk. Find out who they are. Find links to candidate websites here. Find current polling numbers here. Find out about major endorsements for the candidates here.

When are the Primary Elections? Utah’s Presidential Primary Elections will be held on “Super Tuesday” on March 3, 2020. The Democratic and Republican Primaries will be held on the same day in Utah. Presidential Primaries and Caucuses in other states will be held from Feb 3 through June 16th, though a large number of states will also hold their primaries on Super Tuesday. See the Primary Election Schedule here.

Who can vote? All registered voters in Utah may cast a ballot, though each voter must choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot, and may not vote in both parties’ primaries. Only voters who are affiliated as a Republican or who declare at the polls may vote in a Republican primary, should there be one. Any registered voter may cast a ballot in the Democratic primary. Be sure to register to vote at least 30 days in advance by mail or at least 7 days in advance in person, online or by text! How to register to vote.


Upcoming Democratic Presidential Debates

The Democratic National Convention sets the rules and schedule for Democratic Presidential Debates, with a plan to host up to 12 debates between 2019 and 2020. See below for recaps on earlier debates in the series.

Presidential Debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates will host three Presidential Debates.

  • First presidential debate, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
  • Second presidential debate, Thursday, October 15, 2020 – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Third presidential debate, Thursday, October 22, 2020 – Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Vice Presidential Debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates will host one Vice Presidential Debate right here in Utah!

  1. Vice Presidential Debate, October 7, 2020 – Hosted by University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT

Debate Tickets

US Presidential Election News has a great description on how to get tickets to attend events in person. Check back for more ticket updates frequently as more debate information becomes available.

Debate Recaps

Sixth Democratic Presidential Debate (December 19, 2019 – Hosted by PBS News Hour/Politico and also on CNN, Los Angeles, CA)

Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate (November 20, 2019 – Hosted by MSNBC/Washington Post in Atlanta, GA)

Fourth Democratic Presidential Debate (Oct 15, 2019 – Hosted by CNN/NY Times in Westerville, OH)

Third Democratic Presidential Debate (Sept 12, 2019 – Hosted by ABC/Univision in Houston, TX)

Second Democratic Presidential Debates (July 30-31, 2019 – Hosted by CNN in Detroit, MI)

First Democratic Presidential Debates (June 26-27, 2019 – Hosted by NBC in Miami, FL)