Election watch 2016: Key dates to remember
It's 2016, and the year of the US presidential election is now upon us.
So far, it's been an interesting, sometimes bumpy road for Republicans, with controversy aplenty and the largest number of candidates in American history vying for the nomination. Even big personalities like New Jersey's own Chris Christie are having a tough time getting their voices heard -- though some political analysts now think there's an outside chance he could finish second in the all-important New Hampshire primary. If he gets that close, he could even have a shot at winning the nomination.
So with the horse race far from over, especially on the Republican side, here are a few key dates to keep in mind:
January 14: The next Republican debate. At that point, the main debate may only feature six candidates. Will Christie be one of them?
January 17: The final Democratic debate before the first votes are cast in Iowa
January 28: The final GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses
February 1: The Iowa caucuses
February 9: The New Hampshire primary
February 20: The Nevada Democratic caucus
The South Carolina Republican primary
The Washington Republican caucus
February 23: The Nevada Republican caucus
February 27: The South Carolina Democratic primary
March 1: So-called 'Super Tuesday,' featuring more than a dozen caucuses and primaries.
But with so many variables in this race, one thing is certain: by March, Christie's position in the contest will be very different from what is now. Still, as of January 2, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were dominating the Republican field, with Christie running well behind.