Primary Election Dates 2018: A Full State-by-State List

This November’s midterm elections are some of the most highly anticipated in years. Polling shows Democratic voters favor impeachment, and Republicans have warned that President Donald Trump could be impeached if Democrats take back Congress.

Polling also shows the two major parties are moving further and further apart, meaning the old strategy for how to win elections (run toward the party base to win primaries, then pivot back to the center to win general elections) is becoming an increasingly difficult balancing act.

While November is still a long way off, primary season began with the Texas primary on March 6, which was set up a showdown between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke for one of the state’s two Senate seats. On March 20, Illinois held a primary that put in motion what is expected to be the most expensive gubernatorial race in U.S. history, and also ended a bitter battle between a conservative Democrat and a progressive challenger for the state’s third House district.

GettyImages-935442030 Illinois Democratic candidate for Governor J.B. Pritzker and his Lieutenant Governor pick Juliana Stratton arrive during his primary election night victory event on March 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Pritzker beat won the democratic primary against challengers Chris Kennedy and Daniel Bliss in the governor's race. Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images

The rest of the state primaries are scheduled between now and November, beginning with Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia going to the polls on May 8. Below is the schedule for the other primary election dates, courtesy of the National Conference of State Legislatures, as well as the dates for two special elections that will occur before Election Day on November 6, 2018.

April 24 — Arizona 8th District special election

May 8 — Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia

May 15 — Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania

May 22 — Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky

June 5 — Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

June 12 — Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia

June 26 — Oklahoma, Colorado, Maryland, Utah

August 2 — Tennessee

August 7 — Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington, Ohio 12th District special election

August 11 — Hawaii

August 14 — Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin

August 21 — Alaska, Wyoming

August 28 — Arizona, Florida

September 4 — Massachusetts

September 6 — Delaware

September 11 — New Hampshire

September 12 — Rhode Island

September 13 — New York​