Even though the approximately 300 Democrat candidates running for president (okay fine, but there are over 20) might make it seem like this election cycle has been going on for a very long time, in fact we're just beginning. The first debates are just kicking off (here’s how to watch them), but many of us who are following the 2020 election closely are already looking forward to the conventions, where we’ll know for sure who is going to be running for president in the general election in November of next year.
Barring his departure from the Oval Office or the unexpected surge of a challenger (so far, only Republican Bill Weld has announced an alternative Republican run), it seems likely Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee—in fact, he’s already kicked off his campaign with a rally. On the other side of the aisle, though, things could get ugly as some of the Democrats’ best and brightest compete to be the party’s nominee.
So when are these conventions, and how long must we wait for the sweet campaign cycle release that they’ll bring? Well, on that front we have some bad news.
The Republican National Convention is scheduled to take place on August 24 and run through August 27 of 2020. It’s going to be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Democratic National Convention, meanwhile, is a little bit sooner—but we still have a long way to go. That will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Fiserv Forum, on July 13, 2020, wrapping up on July 16.
So yeah, there’s quite a while to wait. But the good news is that it gives you plenty of months to spend learning more about the candidates before the primary elections start happening early next year. Time to get studying!
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