September 4th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Michigan officially leapfrogs New Hampshire, for now

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says her state's new primary date is 'final.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed legislation moving her state’s 2008 presidential primary to January 15, temporarily placing it ahead of New Hampshire in the heavily front-loaded nominating calendar. The law went into effect Tuesday morning.

“While political maneuvering will no doubt continue, our move to January 15th is final,” Granholm, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The move to mid-January violates both national Democratic and Republican party rules. In August, a Democratic National Committee panel voted almost unanimously to strip the state of Florida of its say in the nomination process unless it delays its primary, currently scheduled for January 29. The DNC is likely to impose similar penalties on Michigan.

New Hampshire, which has written its first-in-the-nation primary status into state law, was tentatively scheduled for January 22, but now is expected to move earlier. Iowa, with its first-in-the-nation caucuses tentatively slated for January 14, is expected to make a similar move.

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Filed under: Michigan • New Hampshire • Primary Calendar
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    It is the nomination votes, not electoral votes that are stripped.

    September 4, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. K Worden, Ft Meyrs, FL

    In my opinion, the delegate method of choosing a candidate is a dinosaur and should be gotten rid of. We should just have a national primary, all on the same day.

    September 4, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Dan, Tx

    I think it is clear that having early primaries is a sure way to nominate the person who has highest name recognition.
    Talk about a rush to judgement. Fortunately, since it will be impossible for candidates to campaign in Florida and Michigan, since those votes might not even count, they will be able to spend more time in the later voting states. I think it is cool that Texas will determine the democratic nominee.

    September 4, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. James, Phoenix AZ

    Anonymous wrote, "It is the nomination votes, not electoral votes that are stripped."

    Do you think the voters in those primaries will have "warm fuzzies" knowing their votes in the nomination process were dismissed? Human nature would likely cause most disenfranchised voters to ignore the Presidential election since their party didn't feel their nomination vote was very important.

    September 5, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Steve Wittlake Blaine Washington

    Primaries dates for all States should fall on the same day. This would prevent one candidate from buying the delegates by one way or another and result in an open convention instead of a bought convention.

    September 5, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Jim Rollins

    Like the history of the concentration camps are pressed in the minds of Jews, the history of the Black Codes should be pressed in the minds of Black American. Their is a generational war going on in the black community. My generation is still begging for acceptance of white society. (The sharpton/ Jackson generation) We still function like run-away slaves. The young generation don't fear white folk. They just need guidance
    Control the politics in America, and you will control your fate, a lesson that Black Americans have yet to learn. We are far more loyal to the Democratic Party than we are to ourselves. We have made our vote valueless because Republicans don’t need us to win; and Democrats don’t want us until they need us to win. We, on the other hand, will always follow anyone who will promise us civil rights. How sad? We are the only ethnic group that has come to depend on someone to lead us, to articulate our dreams, and negotiate with White folk for our rights. We fail to remember how potent we almost bec ame as political force when Jessie Jackson ran for President. The political establishment was fearful that 12milliom blacks would vote as a block, instead of voting in lockstep with the Democrats. I never understood why Jessie Jackson did not continue to lead us as the powerful voting block that we had become, instead of leading us back to the Democrats. We must learn to set the agenda of our representatives, not the reverse. So far, our so called leadership has only succeeded to lead us off a cliff. That’s not their fault, it is ours.

    January 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. cecimorr

    For Donna Brazil, Thank you Donna for being there, you have practical and insightful and great principles, God Bless you.
    At the moment I am praying that God will allow McCain, to be our leader on that very first day. I know many wish him ill, because they are bias and want to only have their way. I am a Republican the last time my family and I voted Democratic was for Kennedy, But if McCain does not win, my family and I will vote for HILLARY. Hopefully it will be MCCain or Hillary. Many friends think this way also. If Huckabee wins, there is no way he will win Hillary or OBama.

    January 19, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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