Iowa will on Thursday stage the first of the state-by-state contests to choose Republican and Democratic nominees for the November 2008 presidential election.
Here is a calendar of the 2008 US presidential nominating state primaries and caucuses. In some states, the contests are nonbinding and separate caucuses or conventions are scheduled to select delegates to the national conventions.
* January 3: Iowa
* January 5: Wyoming (Republican)
* January 8: New Hampshire
* January 15: Michigan
* January 19: Nevada, South Carolina (Republican)
* January 26: South Carolina (Democratic)
* January 29: Florida
* February 1: Maine (Republican)
* February 5: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho (Democratic), Illinois, Kansas (Democratic), Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico (Democratic), New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah
* February 9: Louisiana, Kansas (Republican)
* February 10: Maine (Democratic)
* February 12: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
* February 19: Hawaii (Democratic), Washington, Wisconsin
According to staff with Hawaii's Republican Party, the party is not technically conducting a presidential primary or caucus. Delegates will be selected during a week-long period tentatively ending February 7.
* March 4: Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont
* March 8: Wyoming (Democratic)
* March 11: Mississippi
* April 22: Pennsylvania
* May 6: Indiana, North Carolina
* May 13: Nebraska, West Virginia
* May 20: Kentucky, Oregon
* May 27: Idaho (Republican)
* June 3: Montana, New Mexico (Republican), South Dakota
* August 25-28: Democratic National Convention in Denver
* September 1-4: Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
Note: The Kansas State Legislature opted not to fund a presidential primary election in 2008; parties will hold caucuses instead.
Source: National Association of Secretaries of State