New Hampshire schedules primary, ending tense maneuvering
November 2nd, 2011
11:44 AM ET

New Hampshire schedules primary, ending tense maneuvering

New Hampshire will hold the nation's first presidential primary next year, on January 10, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Garner announced Wednesday.

The move ends week of tense maneuvering and negotiations with leaders in other states to ensure New Hampshire complied with state law, which says its primary must be the nation's first in an election cycle, and that there must be seven days between its primary and similar contests such as a caucus.

Iowa's caucus date on January 3, and the Nevada GOP's intention to have its caucuses on January 14, had New Hampshire considering putting its primary in December. But Nevada Republicans bowed to pressure and set their new caucus date for February 4.

New Hampshire's January 10 primary will be a week after the Iowa caucus and 11 days before South Carolina's primary on January 21.

The new primary date is more than a month earlier than New Hampshire's original date in mid-February. The primary calendar was thrown into flux when Florida moved its contest to January 31.

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  1. bobcat2u


    November 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Oh, I can let out that pent-up sigh of relief, then.
    I was so worried they wouldn't resolve this.
    Sleepless nights wringing my hands, and all.

    *The preceding message was sarcasm, for those who will use this for nefarious purposes later on, saying things like 'you stay up all night lurking', or some such malarky. This is rich, coming from the King of Lurks'*
    (*Also sarcasm)

    November 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat2u

    I know bansy, it kept me up so many nights just worrying that Floriduh was going to usurp the first in the nation primary.
    Now I can rest so much easier.

    So, how ya doin kiddo ? I've been kinda out touch the last couple days, but I see our trolls have been doing all my talking for me.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u


      Love your disclaimer.

      November 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Punmaster

    I got nothin'.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Yeah, I've noticed you haven't been around as much...
    Congrats on GP.
    You've arrived.
    And the disclaimer is because THAT GUYS uses post I wrote months ago in an attempt to do...whatever it is he attempts to do.

    I felt the sarcasm font wasn't enough.

    How have you been?

    November 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @The Punmaster: Lol

    November 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u


    I've had the alley cat blues, but I found some good stuff behind the restaurant the other night and am now purring like a kitten.
    Seriously though, I been a little backed up on stuff, but I think I'm seeing some daylight now. Trying to get my replacement up to speed.

    C'mon February.

    November 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Bobcat, are you going to have an Alabama Slammer to celebrate?

    November 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u


    Probably a few. Finish it up with a slow comfortable screw and then hope I stay OUT of the Alabama Slammer,

    November 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Smirnoff

    In Soviet Russia, slow comfortable screw finish with YOU.

    November 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @bobcat: lol. Agreed!

    November 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |

    i had some "tense maneuvering" last night also... i was constipated from chineese food...

    November 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. citizen

    @Dairland Foods. Congradulation on your wonderful business model. Porking people is the quickest way to success.
    However, employing truck drivers that hit vehicles in McDonalds parking lot aint going to work forever. You have to think of other potential victims of your unsafe drivers acts. Like a mom walking her kids in for a happy meal.
    Just a thought.

    November 3, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. AMERICA 1st

    A whitewashed nobama and a shoepolished biden on a stage singing MAMMY would be a great campaign poster!

    November 4, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jonathan

    I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson! Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay rights, Anti war GOP candidate who wants to balance the budget and legalize marijuana! Johnson is also a good steward of tax dollars. He came into office with a huge deficit and left 8 yrs later with a billion dollar surplus. His staff once asked him how he wanted his name read on the state welcome signs. He said Don't put my name on those signs, If we change them at all put welcome to New Mexico from the citizens of New Mexico so we dont have to spend money to change them in the future. As Governor he raised the speed limit to 75 on the highway and allowed people to buy beer on Sunday saying "this is a choice the people of New Mexico can make for themselves and don't need the govt telling them on what day they can buy beer." He understand the proper role of govt to protect you from force or fraud but to otherwise leave you alone unless your actions interfere with the rights of another. Check out Two term(one more than Mitt) Governor Gary Johnson! Dont let the media pick your candidate! Johnson's socially liberal and fiscally conservative stances will be attractive to democrat and independent voters in the general election, I think he is the man to beat obummer.. Gary Johnson is who we need in the White House. The People's President!

    November 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |