New Hampshire: See You In December?

The GOP primary battle is getting ugly, and I don’t mean between the candidates.

Numerous states have decided to move their election contests up on the calendar, sacrificing a full slate of delegates for the status, media attention and campaign cash that comes with an early event.  But this game of leapfrog has forced the traditional early states into a corner, and now New Hampshire is fighting back.

New Hampshire, traditionally the first primary in the country, is telling Nevada, who has moved their caucus up to January 14th, to move back to January 17th.  New Hampshire state law says that the Granite state must hold the first primary, and that it must occur at least seven days prior to the next “similar contest.

But Nevada is holding firm, saying that a caucus and a primary aren’t “similar,” and because of that, New Hampshire can hold their primary on the 10th without violating their own state statutes.

New Hampshire isn’t buying it.  Caught between the January 14th Nevada caucus and the January 3rd Iowa caucus date, the Secretary of State says he has no choice but to consider an early December primary, citing the 6th or 13th as potential dates.  In a released statement, Bill Gardner said, “Right now, the problem is the date of Nevada. We will respond as we need to in order to honor New Hampshire’s tradition, and to keep our primary relevant. Not to do so would allow us to lose an important element of American democracy forever. New Hampshire will not let that happen.”

December 6th has already been vetoed as an option, as the logistics make it impossible to hit filing deadlines and print ballots to send overseas in time for the event.  So that leaves December 13th, and would put New Hampshire into an even more unusual spot than hosting a primary in 2011 — they would be the first endorsement all together.  Iowa, traditionally number one, would have no ability to stay in front, with New Hampshire literally taking the first available spot in the calendar.

Will Nevada blink and move back four days?  Will New Hampshire back down and take the open January 10th date?  Or will New Hampshire now be the first contest in the country — something that could essentially hand Mitt Romney the GOP nomination.

At this point, all bets are off.


Tentatively, at this time, the calendar looks like this:

New Hampshire – Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Iowa – Tuesday, January 3rd

Nevada – Saturday, January 14th

South Carolina – Saturday January 21st

Florida – Tuesday, January 31st


Related Posts:

Iowa Caucus Likely To Be Held January 3rd, 2012

Nevada’s New Caucus Date Likely To Move Calendar Again

South Carolina Picks A Primary Date, January 21st

Photo credit: Jonathan McIntosh


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

diana rojek
diana r6 years ago

Time for a national primary a Super-Super June. Save a lot of frustration and money.

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold6 years ago

When was the last time our politicans did anything but what they wanted to do? They complain that there are no laws for this and that, but when there is a law, the work very hard to try to get around it to have it their way. Heaven help us that they should be as much effort into trying to help the people who elected them. That might be a travesty of justice and might cause them to have to work and think.

Sharlene H.
Sharlene H6 years ago

Does anyone even work up there on the Hill. It seems no business gets done it is all campaigning.

Out of four years since the president was elected, we had 2 yrs of Repugs NO. Then half way threw that 2 yrs we had campaigning for the 2010 elections, then we have had 10 mths of NO from the repugs and 10 mths of campaigning.

Get it over with, Have your teapug candidate voted on, and then we can forget about him and maybe the year of 2012 we can have some work on the Hill.

May be the Repugs will pass something other than Abortion Bills. Maybe like a bill to limit the time they have in office showing their stupidity.

Signing a pledge to a lobbyist, before you are sworn into office, in some countries would be called treason.

donald baumgartner

Meant to say 60 days before the primary to file!!

donald baumgartner

I LOVE IT, KEEP IT COMING!! Let me know when they decide on a actual day , usually 60 days b-4 the primary.
Thanks Robin M!!

JACarlton Author
jill c6 years ago

On a positive note, let's get this crap in early, get everyone exposed, get them to wear out their funding on advertising and trying to ride the campaign train a little longer so that everyone is sick and tired of their rhetoric and when the 'new rhetoric' comes out it's going to feel like a breath of fresh air that actually addresses the issues of the people instead of the corporations.

A republican rhetoric bellyache if you will, maybe even the baggers and brainwashed will finally get sick of hearing themselves spout the same garbage they've been spouting since 2010.

It's just a thought.

Joe R.
Joe R6 years ago

Enough! It's all much too early.

Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago

Thanks Robin
Need you sign

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago

thanks for the information