2020 New Hampshire Primary

2020 New Hampshire PrimaryThe New Hampshire Primary, also known as the first-in-the-nation primary, is expected to be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. This will be the first actual primary vote taking place after the Iowa Caucuses, which are not technically the same as a primary. Unlike Iowa, where the caucus chooses delegates to the county convention, which then choose delegates to a state convention, and then the national convention, the New Hampshire primary chooses the delegates who will serve at the national party conventions which will select the nominee.

One of the main differences between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus is organized by the political parties, whereas a primary is organized usually by the state board of elections as a regular election would be.


2020 New Hampshire Democratic Primary

For the latest up-to-date New Hampshire Democratic Primary information, visit the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Registration Deadline

Registered voters can register to vote on the day of the primary.

Voting Locations

State of New Hampshire Voter Information Lookup

Most polling locations in New Hampshire will be open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm ET but some polling locations are open until 8 pm ET.

Delegates: 33 (24 pledged, 9 super)

Allocation: Proportional – Some delegates are allocated statewide and some are allocated by Congressional District. See Delegate Selection Plan (PDF) from the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

Primary Type: Mixed – Voters can change their registered party on the day of the primary and vote in either primary

Latest Polls

Poll
Date
Sanders
Biden
Warren
Buttigieg
Harris
Gabbard
Yang
Klobuchar
Steyer
O'Rourke
Booker
Castro
Williamson
Spread
RCP Average8/1 - 9/42120.717.77.37.33222110.70.3Sanders +0.3
CBS News/YouGov8/28 - 9/42526278711111200Warren +1
Gravis8/2 - 8/62115128754442020Sanders +6
Boston Globe/Suffolk8/1 - 8/41721146831110101Biden +4

Detailed Polling Results

More Information:
NH Secretary of State – Elections Division

Democratic Primary Winners

2016: Bernie Sanders (D)
2008: Hillary Clinton (D)
2004: John Kerry (D)
2000: Al Gore (D)


2020 New Hampshire Republican Primary

For the latest up-to-date New Hampshire Republican Primary information, visit the New Hampshire Republican Party.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Registration Deadline

Registered voters can register to vote on the day of the primary.

Voting Locations

State of New Hampshire Voter Information Lookup

Most polling locations in New Hampshire will be open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm ET but some polling locations are open until 8 pm ET.

Delegates: 22

Allocation: Proportional

Primary Type: Mixed – Voters can change their registered party on the day of the primary and vote in either primary

Republican Primary Winners

2012: Mitt Romney (R)
2008: John McCain (R)
2000: John McCain (R)
1996: Pat Buchanan (R)


What is the New Hampshire Primary?

The New Hampshire primary is the first primary election held in the United States following the Iowa Caucuses in choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees for the presidency. It takes place in the state of New Hampshire and is designed to give an early voice to the New England region much like the Iowa Caucus gives an early voice to the Midwest.

New Hampshire often differs from Iowa ideologically which often gives an advantage to candidates who may not play well in the Midwest. Since 1952, the primary has been a major testing ground for candidates for both the Republican and Democratic nominations. Candidates who do poorly frequently drop out, while lesser-known, underfunded candidates who do well in New Hampshire suddenly become serious contenders, garnering large amounts of media attention and campaign funding.

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2020 Primary Schedule