New Hampshire Primary January 8, Earliest Ever

New Hampshire Primary January 3, Earliest Ever The New Hampshire primary date has finally been set: January 8, 2008.

New Hampshire set its earliest-ever presidential primary today, deciding on Jan. 8 and claiming its traditional spot as the nation’s first in a nomination season pushed almost to New Year’s Day of the election year.

Secretary of State William Gardner announced the date, ending months of speculation, including the possibility that the state might actually push its primary into December in order to keep its spot at the head of the line. Iowa, which chooses delegates with a caucus system, begins five days earlier on Jan. 3.

If I understand this correctly, we can expect six more weeks of winter.

via OTB News

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  1. NoZe says:

    Ummm, better change that headline, James!

    Done! Although “January 3” could have proved prescient. Some other state might decide to move theirs to the 10th!

  2. superdestroyer says:

    I wonder that after the collapse of the Republican Party is complete and the U.S. becomes a one party state, if the Democratic Party will push to move the primaries to later in the year. If not, there will be at least one election cycle where the next president will have a transition period of almost one year.