(CNN)—Despite the presidential nominating contest entering a heightened state of flux on Wednesday, Iowa Governor Chet Culver says there is still no doubt where Iowa will fall on the calendar.
“Iowa will go first, that is the bottom line,” said the first-term Democrat. “Historically there is always a lot of jockeying related to the presidential selection calendar. As Governor, I will do everything in my power to make sure that Iowa has the first caucus in the nation, and I’m confident we will.”
On Wednesday, Katon Dawson, the chairman of the South Carolina GOP, announced that his state’s Republican presidential primary would move from January 29 to January 19, in order to keep its place as the first southern state on the nominating calendar. That move will likely trigger a decision by New Hampshire officials to set their primary before January 19, in order to keep the Granite State’s traditional “first in the nation primary” status.
Any move by New Hampshire to change the date of its primary would likely trigger a provoke a similar move in Iowa.
“The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for January 14th, 2008, and it is my hope they remain scheduled for that day,” Culver went on to say. “That being said, we are going to continue to work with the Iowa Democratic party and the Democratic National Committee to make sure that Iowa remains first in the nation.”
–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford