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The dates listed for those states apply to Congressional and other races.
The earliest state primaries in 2018 will be held on March 6, and the latest in mid-September. June is the busiest month with seventeen primaries, while there are no primaries scheduled for July.
Louisiana’s Nov. 7, 2018 election is an all-comers primary, where candidates of all parties are listed on one ballot together. If no candidate for a race receives a majority of the votes, the winner will be determined in a runoff on Dec. 8.
Eight states have reserved dates for a possible primary runoff in the event that no candidate gets the requisite percentage of votes. These dates are included on the chart below. For details on how runoffs work in these states, visit NCSL’s Primary Runoffs webpage.
The manner in which party primary elections are conducted varies widely from state to state. Please visit the State Primary Types webpage for information on types of primaries, such as “closed,” “open” and “Top Two.”
Note that primary dates are subject to change by legislative action. Dates listed here are based on state election resources or statutory requirements as of August 20, 2017.
For additional information, email NCSL’s Elections Team or call us at 303-364-7700.
On the table below, select “State” to see an alphabetical list (A-W or W-A) or “Date” (first to last or last to first).
STATE PRIMARY | RUNOFF DATE
|Alabama||June 5 | June 17|
|Arkansas||May 22 | June 19|
|Georgia||May 22 | July 24|
|Louisiana||Nov. 6 | Dec. 8*|
|Mississippi||June 5 | June 26|
|New Hampshire||Sept. 11|
|New Jersey||June 5|
|New Mexico||June 5|
|New York||Sept. 11|
|North Carolina||May 8|
|North Dakota||June 12|
|Oklahoma||June 5 | Aug. 28|
|Rhode Island||Sept. 12|
|South Carolina||June 12 | June 26|
|South Dakota||June 5|
|Tennessee||Aug. 2 (Thursday)|
|Texas||Mar 6 | May 22|
|Virginia||June 12 (if held)|
|West Virginia||May 8|
*Louisiana holds its primary for all parties on the same day the rest of the country holds the general election. If needed, a runoff is held in Dec.ember.
**Massachusetts will use an alternative date instead of their statutorily provided date (shown here). It has not yet been determined.