Nikki Haley suffered an embarrassing loss in the Republican presidential primary in Nevada on Tuesday, receiving fewer votes than the “none of these candidates” option.
Former President Donald Trump began his bid for a third Republican nomination with wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, bringing him closer to a rematch with President Biden. But Nikki Haley, Trump’s lone remaining challenger, has vowed to stay in the race through at least the South Carolina GOP primary, on Feb. 24.
Nevada held its primary for Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday. (See Nevada’s results.) Up next, the Nevada Republican Party will hold caucuses on Feb. 8. Later this month South Carolina and Michigan will hold GOP primaries, which will be followed by Super Tuesday — when more than a third of all GOP delegates will be up for grabs — in early March.
Before you know it, it will be summer, when both parties hold their conventions. And after the presidential debates — which are still on the schedule despite Trump’s unwillingness to participate in the GOP debates — it will be Election Day.
Here are just some of the key dates on this year’s political calendar, a few of which are subject to change.
2024 election calendar
Jan. 15: Iowa GOP caucuses
Trump scored a decisive victory, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis edged out former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley for second place. Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy finished a distant fourth, suspended his campaign and endorsed Trump.
Jan. 23: New Hampshire primary
Trump defeated Haley, his lone remaining challenger in the GOP race after DeSantis dropped out two days before the primary. Biden won in New Hampshire despite not being on the ballot due to a rift between the Granite State and the Democratic National Committee, which decided to make the South Carolina Democratic primary on Feb. 3 its first formal contest.
Feb. 3: South Carolina Democratic primary
Facing nominal opposition in a state where he has long been a favorite among Democrats, Biden won easily, capturing more than 96% of the vote, with self-help author Marianne Williamson and Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips splitting the rest.
Feb. 6: Nevada primary
Haley suffered an embarrassing loss in the Republican presidential primary in Nevada on Tuesday, receiving fewer votes than the “none of these candidates” option. It was a contest in which Trump did not compete and the state party tried to have canceled. Nonetheless, a combination of intense support for Trump and distaste for Haley among Republican voters in the state combined to deal her an unusual humiliation.
Biden won Nevada’s Democratic primary handily.
Feb. 8: Nevada Republican caucuses
Two days after the primary, the Nevada Republican Party will hold caucuses in which caucus-goers will be able to vote for one of the other two remaining GOP candidates (Trump or long shot Texas businessman Ryan Binkley) but not for Haley. Whoever wins the caucuses will add to their official delegate tally — and that person is almost certain to be Trump.
Feb. 8: Virgin Islands caucuses
Seeking the first win of her 2024 election campaign, Haley has campaigned virtually in the Virgin Islands and dispatched surrogates there in recent weeks, hoping to snag the U.S. territory’s four delegates.
Feb. 13: Long Island special election
Voters in New York’s Third Congressional District will pick a successor to George Santos, who was expelled from Congress in December following a scathing House Ethics Committee report that concluded he “blatantly stole from his campaign.” The candidates are former Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi, who held the seat for six years before leaving to run for governor in 2022, and Republican Mazi Melesa Pilip.
Feb. 24: South Carolina Republican primary
Feb. 27: Michigan primary
March 5: Super Tuesday
More than a third of all GOP delegates will be up for grabs on Super Tuesday, as 15 states — Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia — and one territory (American Samoa) hold their primaries or caucuses. Trump is not on the ballot in Colorado or Maine, where election officials declared him ineligible because of his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. Trump is appealing, and the cases could wind up in the Supreme Court.