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Key Dates in 2024 US Presidential Race: Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump

In the 2024 presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden and Republican former president Donald Trump will square off in what promises to be a contentious and highly competitive race.

Here is a timeline of events related to the November 5 election between now and Inauguration Day in January 2025.

2024

– July 11: Trump, the first sitting or former U.S. president to be convicted of a crime, will be sentenced in the Manhattan hush money case where he was found guilty of falsifying documents to cover up a payment to silence a porn star. He denies wrongdoing and plans to appeal.

– July 15-18: Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the party formally chooses its candidate.

– In late July or beyond: Vice President Kamala Harris has agreed to debate Trump’s yet-to-be-announced running mate on CBS on either of the proposed dates of July 23 or Aug. 13. Trump has accepted a vice presidential debate to be held by Fox News.

Fox wrote to both campaigns suggesting July 23, Aug. 13 or other dates following the party conventions. Trump’s campaign has yet to say whether his running mate would debate Harris on CBS. Nor has the Biden campaign said if Harris would debate on Fox.

– By Aug. 7: The Democrats are set to hold a “virtual roll call” to nominate Biden. It will take place by Aug. 7, the original ballot certification deadline in Ohio, although that date has since been pushed back.

Biden had been due to be officially nominated at the Democratic National Convention later in August.

– Aug. 19-22: Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

– Sept. 10: The second debate between Biden and Trump will be hosted by ABC.

– Nov 5: Election Day

 Later in November: It could take days for the election result to be known, especially if it is close and mail-in ballots are a factor.

2025

– Jan. 6: The vice president presides over the Electoral College vote count at a joint session of Congress, announces the results and declares who has been elected. Ahead of the count on Jan. 6, 2021, then-President Trump lambasted his vice president, Mike Pence, for refusing to try to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s win. On that day, the U.S. Capitol was attacked by rioters, and some people chanted, “hang Mike Pence” as they tried to stop the count. Both chambers of Congress later resumed their work and certified Biden’s win.

Congress has since passed the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act of 2022, which requires approval of one-fifth of the House and Senate to consider a challenge to a state’s results – a much higher bar than existed before when any single lawmaker from each chamber could trigger a challenge.

– Jan. 20: The inauguration of the election winner and their vice president takes place. At this ceremony, the victor and vice president are officially sworn into office.

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