Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama are the Democrat frontrunners [File: EPA]


All the key dates in the 2008 US elections.

January 3: Iowa caucuses.

January 5: Wyoming Republican caucus.

January 8: New Hampshire primaries.

January 15: Michigan primaries.

January 19: Nevada caucuses; South Carolina Republican primary.

January 26: South Carolina Democratic primary

January 29: Florida primaries.

February 2: Maine Republican caucus

February 5: 'Super Tuesday'

Primaries: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah.
Caucuses: Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, North Dakota.
Democratic caucuses: Idaho, Kansas, New Mexico.
Republican primaries: West Virginia, Montana.

February 9:  

Primaries: Louisiana.
Caucuses: Washington.
Democratic caucuses: Nebraska.
Republican caucuses: Kansas.

February 10: Maine democratic caucus.

February 12: Maryland and Virginia primaries.

February 19: Hawaii Democratic caucus, Washington and Wisconsin primaries.

March 4: Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont primaries.

March 8: Wyoming Democratic caucus.

March 11: Mississippi primaries.

April 22: Pennsylvania primaries.

May: Hawaii Republican caucus

May 6: Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

May 13: Nebraska and West Virginia primaries.

May 20: Kentucky and Oregon primaries.

May 27: Idaho primaries.

June 3: Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota primaries.

August 25-28: Democratic national convention, Denver, Colorado.

September 1-4: Republican national convention, Minneapolis-St Paul, Minneapolis.

November 4: US presidential election.

Source: Agencies