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January 29, 2016

The 2016 American presidential election season is well under way. Several candidates from both major parties have been campaigning around the country and taking part in nationally televised debates.

The votes start getting counted on Monday, February 1, with the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. America’s first primary, in New Hampshire, occurs on Tuesday, February 9.

Two other states weigh in with a caucus (Nevada) and a primary (South Carolina) during the week of February 20–27, with the Nevada Democratic caucus taking place on Feb. 20 and the Republican caucus on Feb. 23 and South Carolina’s Republican primary occurring on Feb. 20 and Democratic primary on Feb. 27.

The candidates’ largest single-day test will be March 1, Super Tuesday, with a caucus or primary in 14 states and American Samoa. The state with the largest population holding an election on that day is Texas.

Two weeks later, Florida and Ohio lead the way in another high-profile, high-population set of primaries.

Other high-population states whose primaries will be watched intensely include New York (April 19), Pennsylvania (April 26), and California (June 7).

A couple list of dates for caucuses and primaries is here.

It all leads up to the major party national conventions. The Republican Party convention will be July 18–21 in Cleveland. The Democratic Party convention will be the week of July 25th in Philadelphia.

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