Today is supposed to be the deadline for each state to turn in their chosen date for holding a primary in 2012. But will everyone make the cutoff?
Thanks to the news that Florida is intending to move their primary up to January 31st, all states are holding their breath trying to decide whether or not to even announce their chosen dates, much less what those dates are. The South Carolina GOP chairman is stating emphatically, “Bottom line is that if Florida moves, I’m moving,” stating a willingness to take any punishment the RNC might divvy out in order to stay in front.
New Hampshire agrees, saying not to expect an announcement from them any time soon, either. “I’m not going to be announcing anything for some time,” New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner said. “I’m not going to be announcing anything this week, that’s for sure.” And of course, if New Hampshire and South Carolina aren’t going to set anything, there’s no way Iowa is going to risk getting leap-frogged, either.
Everyone is jockeying ahead, and presidential candidate Rick Santorum once accused fellow candidates of stirring up the states to help their own campaigns. So who benefits from these super-early contests? Politico claims that decisive early wins help Texas Governor Rick Perry, but if the contest isn’t decided immediately, the long haul will favor former Governor Mitt Romney.
So when will we have a calendar? Well, if nothing else, it should be here before December. Because at this rate, that may be when the nomination contests actually start.
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