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It’s primary season, even for unopposed and independent candidates

February 27, 2018

Unopposed and independent candidates are still entitled to a separate contribution limit for the primary (or convention, in states that hold them). Unopposed candidates must consider the date on which the election is held to be the date of the election for purposes of designating contributions to the primary. Independent or third party candidates may choose one of these dates to be their "primary” date: (1) The last day on which, under state law, a candidate may qualify for a position on the general election ballot; (2) The date of the last major party primary, caucus or convention in the state; or (3) For third party candidates, the date of the nomination by their party. See our web page “Contribution limits” for more information on how the limits work. In terms of reporting, both unopposed and independent/third party candidates must file the pre-election report applicable to their state, even if they are not actually participating in a primary election or nominating convention.