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2020 Republican Party presidential primaries

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2,472 delegate votes to the Republican National Convention
1,237 delegates votes needed to win

Previous Republican nominee

Donald Trump

The 2020 Republican Party presidential primaries and caucuses will be a series of elections taking place in many U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. These events will elect most of the 2,472 delegates to send to the Republican National Convention. Delegates to the national convention may otherwise be elected by the respective state party organizations. The delegates to the national convention will vote, by ballot, to select the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2020 election, where the majority will be bound by the results of their respective state contests on the first ballot. The delegates also approve the party platform and vice-presidential nominee.

President Donald Trump formally launched his bid for re-election on February 17, 2017. He was followed by former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld, who announced his campaign on April 15, 2019.


Numerous pundits, journalists and politicians have speculated that the 2020 election cycle might see a significant Republican Party challenger to President Donald Trump, namely because of his historic unpopularity in polls, his association with allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and his support of unpopular policies and decisions.[1][2][3]

Several Republican critics of the Trump Administration have hinted at or are reportedly considering challenging Trump in 2020. In January 2019, former Republican Governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld changed his party affiliation back to Republican.[4] On February 15, 2019, Weld announced the formation of a 2020 presidential exploratory committee,[5] and later announced his candidacy on April 15, 2019.[6]

Former Ohio Governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich has been the subject of rumors of a possible bipartisan ticket with Democratic former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.[7] Kasich has denied that he would form such a ticket.[8] In November 2018, however, Kasich asserted that he was "very seriously" considering a White House bid in 2020.[9]

Following his 2018 reelection victory, incumbent Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was the subject of presidential speculation, particularly after his second inaugural address. In January 2019, reports indicated that Hogan was considering a potential 2020 bid for the White House.[10][11] Hogan has met with commentator Bill Kristol and strategist Sarah Longwell, both prominent Never-Trump conservatives.[11] However, Hogan announced on June 1, 2019 that he would not be making a presidential bid for 2020, instead focusing on his job as Governor.[12]

Several Trump critics within the GOP have stated that they will not challenge him in 2020. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the election to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), which would give him a significant platform from which to challenge Trump;[13] in January 2019, however, Romney stated that he would not run against Trump in 2020.[14] Other Republican Trump critics who have said that they will not seek to unseat Trump in 2020 include 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina[15] and former U.S. Senator Jeff Flake.[16]

Declared candidates[edit]

Name Born Experience State Campaign
Announcement date
Donald Trump official portrait (cropped).jpg
Donald Trump
June 14, 1946
(age 73)
Queens, New York
President of the United States (2017–present) Flag of New York.svg
New York
Campaign: February 17, 2017
FEC filing[17]
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Bill Weld
July 31, 1945
(age 73)
Smithtown, New York
Governor of Massachusetts (1991–1997)
Libertarian nominee for Vice President in 2016
Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in 1996
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Bill-weld-2020 logo.svg
Exploratory committee: February 15, 2019
Campaign: April 15, 2019

FEC filing[19]

Individuals who have publicly expressed interest[edit]

Individuals in this section have expressed an interest in running for president within the last six months.

Declined to be candidates[edit]

The individuals in this section have been the subject of 2020 presidential speculation, but have publicly stated that they will not seek the White House in 2020.



Active campaign
Exploratory committee
Midterm elections
Iowa caucuses
Super Tuesday
Republican convention
Bill Weld 2020 presidential campaignDonald Trump 2020 presidential campaign


  • February 17: Trump formally announces his candidacy for a second term and holds the first of an occasional series of campaign rallies in Melbourne, Florida.[87]



  • January 17: Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld changes his voter registration from Libertarian back to Republican, furthering speculation he will announce a primary challenge against Trump.[90]
  • January 23: The Republican National Committee votes unanimously to express "undivided support" of Trump's "effective presidency".[91]
  • February 12: President Trump holds his first mass rally of the year.[92]
  • February 15: Weld announces the formation of an exploratory committee, becoming the president's first official notable challenger.[93]
  • April 15: Weld officially announces his campaign.[94]
  • June 1: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he would not seek a primary challenge against Trump.[95]


The following anticipated primary and caucus dates may change depending on legislation passed before the scheduled primary dates.[96]

  • February 3: Iowa caucus[96]
  • February 4: New York primary (see below)
  • February 11: New Hampshire primary[96]
  • March 3: Super Tuesday (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia primaries)[96]
  • March 7: Louisiana primary[96]
  • March 8: Puerto Rico primary[96]
  • March 10: Hawaii caucus; Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Washington primaries[96]
  • March 17: Arizona, Florida, and Illinois primaries[96]

  • April 7: Wisconsin primary[96]
  • April 28: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island primaries[96]
  • May 5: Indiana primary[96]
  • May 12: Nebraska and West Virginia primaries[96]
  • May 19: Kentucky, and Oregon primaries[96]
  • June 2: Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota primaries[96]
Other primaries and caucuses
  • Not yet determined (dates of 2016 primaries/caucuses listed in parentheses): Nevada (February 23), North Dakota (by March 1), Alaska, Wyoming (March 1), Kansas, Maine (March 5), Virgin Islands (March 10), and Northern Mariana Islands (March 15) caucuses and South Carolina (February 20), Georgia (March 1), and New York (April 19) primaries; District of Columbia, Guam (March 12), American Samoa (March 22) conventions; New York primary is scheduled for February 4 for procedural reasons, but the date is expected to be amended.[96]
  • On December 19, 2018, the Washington Examiner reported that the South Carolina Republican Party had not ruled out forgoing a primary contest to protect Trump from any primary challengers. Party chairman Drew McKissick stated, “Considering the fact that the entire party supports the president, we’ll end up doing what’s in the president’s best interest.”[97] On January 24, another Washington Examiner report indicated that the Kansas Republican Party was "likely" to scrap its presidential caucus to "save resources".[98]

National convention[edit]

Bids for the Republican National Convention were solicited in the fall of 2017, with finalists being announced early the following spring. On July 18, 2018, Charlotte, North Carolina's Spectrum Center was chosen unanimously as the site of the convention.[88]


Primary election polling[edit]

Campaign finance[edit]

This is an overview of the money used by each campaign as it is reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and released on April 15, 2019. Totals raised include loans from the candidate and transfers from other campaign committees.

Candidate Campaign committee to date (as of March 31)
Raised Ind. contrib. % <$200 Spent COH Debt
Donald Trump[99] $97,852,465.13 $35,035,890.99 64.87% $64,701,975.35 $40,762,192.70 $528,116.26
Bill Weld did not file

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