Last night’s Nevada debate may have brought many of the Republican candidates together on one stage, but it’s done nothing to bring together the early endorsing states, who are still fighting to decide who gets to hold their election contests first.
Even with multiple candidates threatening to boycott Nevada all together, New Hampshire is still considering holding a primary in December, a move that is completely unprecedented. The Secretary of State is still saying “all options are on the table,” despite pushback even from his own local party to consider just holding the event on January 10th.
Since Iowa has now pulled the trigger and officially made January 3rd their caucus date, regardless of whatever finally shakes out with New Hampshire, they’ve also made sure to publicly announce their support for New Hampshire. Iowa has even pointed a finger at Florida for starting the whole early primary mess in the first place when they moved their primary up to January 31st.
But New Hampshire is focusing all of their ire on Nevada, even publishing a “BoycottNevada” website and putting all of their might behind forcing Mitt Romney out of campaigning in Nevada all together. One local paper wrote, “Romney is willing to sacrifice an institution beneficial to the republic (the New Hampshire primary) for his own political advantage. Of course, Romney could put New Hampshire voters’ minds at ease about his commitment to the primary and the value of selecting candidates the old-fashioned way. He could join the Nevada boycott. Or not. Either way, New Hampshire is watching.”
Then again, after Romney’s biff on the Nevada foreclosure crisis, maybe he’s better off boycotting Nevada anyway.
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