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Primary and caucus season 2020 — page 1 
Candidates want to do well in Iowa and New Hampshire.
On November 3, 2020, voters across America will choose the country’s next president. But first, voters have to choose who will represent the Democratic and Republican political parties in the general election.

Only one person in each party can win that party’s nomination. In order to do that, candidates have to win support in state elections that will be held over the next few months. These are called primaries and caucuses. The map here shows when all the states hold their primaries or caucuses.

Most states hold primaries, which are run like a regular election. Voters choose their party, then vote for their favorite candidate on the ballot. In states that hold caucuses, the state is divided into smaller areas called precincts. Voters gather at small meetings in each precinct and vote for their candidate by raising hands, or by separating into groups. In some states, participants are given time to try to convince other caucus-goers to support their candidate. Caucuses are also unusual in that 17-year-olds can attend, as long as they will turn 18 by the general election in November.

The states that hold their contests in February get a lot of attention from candidates. The first two are Iowa’s caucus, held on February 3rd, and New Hampshire’s primary, held on February 11th. The other two February primaries are in Nevada and South Carolina.

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