January 31, 2020

RADPAC Monitors Primaries for Clues to Future Health Care Policies

RADPAC does not contribute in presidential races; it only engages in congressional House and Senate elections. That said, RADPAC still follows the presidential primaries very closely because of the impact the winner could have on future healthcare policymaking, and more specifically in radiology.

While most government watchers in Washington, D.C., are consumed with the impeachment trial, the rest of the country is getting ready for the upcoming Democratic presidential primaries, which start next week on Feb. 3 in Iowa, followed by Nevada on February 22 and South Carolina on February 29.

March is really the month that could ultimately determine the fate of the next Democratic Presidential nominee. Super Tuesday occurs on March 3 when 14 states have their primary elections.

Overall, 28 states will have their primaries between next week and the end of March. The Democrats have 2,161 delegates. The nominee who receives a majority of party delegate votes will win the nomination when the delegates convene at the national nominating convention in mid-July in Milwaukee, WI.

Of course, as is the case for most incumbents running for re-election, President Trump is not expected to have a serious primary fight on his hands. Republicans have 1,259 delegates and they will no doubt announce President Trump as their party’s nominee during their convention in late August in Charlotte, NC.

Dates and States for Democratic Presidential Primary:
February 3: IA
February 11: NH
February 22: NV
February 29: SC
March 3: AL, AR, CA, CO, MA, ME, MN, NC, OK, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA
March 10: ID, MI, MS, MO, ND, WA
March 17: AZ, FL, IL, OH
March 24: GA
April 4: AK, HI, LA, WY
April 7: WI
April 28: CT, DE, MD, PA, RI, NY
May 2: KS
May 5: ID
May 12: NB, WV
May 19: KY, OR
June 2: MT, NJ, NM, SD