South Carolina fires first shot — of post-Florida primary movesby John Kennedy | October 3rd, 2011
The dominos began falling Monday after Florida last week set a Jan. 31 presidential primary, with South Carolina announcing it had moved its contest to 10 days ahead of the Sunshine State’s.
“Today, South Carolina’s Republican primary restores order,” South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly said in announcing the date.
Still, there’s plenty in flux.
Nevada, Iowa and New Hampshire — designated by the two national parties as early voting states — haven’t announced their dates yet, with all expected to jump ahead of Florida, which broke party rules by leapfrogging into January.
New Hampshire now is looking at Jan. 3 or 10 for its first-in-the-nation primary. State law in Iowa could push caucuses there into 2011 if New Hampshire grabs Jan. 3, since the Hawkeye State must vote eight days before another state’s contest.
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