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   2012 primary plans would keep N.H. first

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6/16/2010 3:00 pm

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Boston Globe

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Entered 6/16/2010, Updated 6/16/2010

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Intent on preventing a repeat of the chaotic presidential primary schedule in 2008, Republican and Democratic parties are completing plans to create an orderly timetable that would push most contests back while ensuring New Hampshire’s celebrated role as the first primary in the nation. Officials from both parties have separate proposals that would ban states from holding their vote before the first Tuesday of March, with four exemptions: the Granite State; Iowa, which holds the first caucuses; South Carolina; and Nevada. And no state can hold a contest before Feb. 1. Implicit in the plans is the parties’ determination to infuse more discipline into the scheduling. When the primaries of 2008 approached, defiant states leapt over one another in a bid to hold their vote earlier, and the national parties retaliated by withholding delegates from the most recalcitrant interlopers. As the process disintegrated, election officials in New Hampshire vowed to keep its role as the first primary in the nation, even if voters had to slog to the polls during the Christmas season.


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