Nevada’s Republican Party and New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner are in standoff over the dates of their respective presidential nominating contests.
Gardner issued a statement Wednesday afternoon urging Nevada to move its caucuses from the announced date of Jan. 14 to Jan. 17 — in order to allow New Hampshire to set its contest for Jan. 10 and avoid a December primary.
New Hampshire is talking about December, Barney Frank is firing back at Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain got Jack Kimball and Allen West had a good quarter.
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Updated at 3:24 p.m.
Iowa’s Republican Party has tentatively set its 2012 presidential caucuses for Jan. 3, avoiding holding the contest in December, according to two state central committee members.
A.J. Spiker said members of the central committee agreed to the date on an informal conference call Thursday night.
Ever since Florida moved its primary to Jan. 31, the talk has been that the 2011 GOP nominating contest might begin in December.
And in recent days, as South Carolina has moved its primary to Jan. 21 and Nevada set its caucuses for Jan. 14, it seemed the likelihood only increased that Iowa and/or New Hampshire would hold their contests before the New Year.
South Carolina has set its primary date for Jan. 21, likely pushing up the GOP presidential race to start shortly after New Year’s or even earlier.
The Palmetto State is the first of the four states holding early contests to select its date. Now all eyes are on New Hampshire, whose decision on its primary date will determine when Iowa and Nevada will set their caucuses.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominating contest will begin in January or earlier, but its exact kick off is still up in the air and likely won’t be known on Friday.
Florida put the map in flux this morning after a commission officially chose Jan. 31 for its primary date. That runs afoul of Republican National Committee rules by leapfrogging the four states the RNC has permitted to precede the others.
About a month ago, we here at The Fix wrote a primer on what the presidential nominating calendar might look like in 2012. Today, with the Saturday deadline for states to set their contests fast approaching, we thought it was worthwhile to revisit that primer. Below is an updated version, including the questions that will be answered in the coming days.
(Updated at 12:24 p.m. with comment from Iowa and New Hampshire GOP leaders)
Florida state House Speaker Dean Cannon (R) says his state is likely to set its primary for Jan. 31, which would probably have have the effect of pushing the presidential primary process up one month to begin shortly after the New Year.