September 4th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
9 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. xtina chicago IL

    Confusing and manipulative.

    September 4, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Cary- Lowell, IN

    I dont get this whole thing. Why doesn't CNN explain the effect, not just the actions these states are taking. Is this good for Repubs or Dems?

    September 4, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Louis Judd Eugene, OR

    It's natural for Craig's children to want to believe him. What's not natural is for a "father" to drag his children into his deception and to use them to try to manipulate public opinion. Craig is gay or at the very least bisexual and he just needs to admit that first and foremost, to his family. Now Craig knows first hand the persecution he has so willingly laid on others in the gay community. Craig should at least be honest with his family. Where is he going to find his bathroom laisons now in Idaho...and better yet..keep them secret?

    September 4, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. James, Phoenix AZ

    Go ahead Mr Dean – show contempt for State's rights in the democratic process and pursue a course to deny Michigan voters of representation in your party.

    Florida + Michigan = 44 electoral votes for Republicans in the next Presidential candidate.

    September 4, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Arington, VA

    YAHOO! it is about time somebody has the courage to stand up to these party elits who seem more intrested in telling states what to do than getting our kids out of iraq – i am so tired of my party being so stupid picking the wrong fights with the wrong people – with this the governor is saying along with most democrats – "pick on somebody your own size DC DEMS!"

    September 4, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Susan Davis, Rogue River, OR

    To heck with them all! Bunch of babies!

    I think for the first time since I voted for JFK I will not vote in 2008. Then I can enjoy life and not be bombarded with crap like this.

    September 4, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Luis, Miami florida

    Why can we have a national election primary date intead of this crazy schedule and countless changes

    September 4, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Kelly - Denver, CO

    As a native Michigander who moved away because it is one of the worst economies in the nation, I wonder if this brings any economic incentive to the state? Or is it just another in a long line of political distractions that does nothing to help the people of Michigan. My bet is on the latter.

    September 4, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. New Bern, NC

    It looks like Donna Brazil is gonna cost us another election...when will the dems learn that these old farts can't win and they most certainly can't beat the states – the dem look real stupid fighting one another right now it looks like florida all over again this time we can again blame donna brazil and her loser democrat friends who keep following her to at our peril.

    September 4, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    I agree completely with the above poster.

    Why are these states jockeying to move up the dates. I want to know what the heck they are up to, there's obviously a good political reason to do so and I want answers that the press seems anxious to avoid giving.

    My personal feeling, without more info, is that the primaries are being moved up by Hillary Clinton supporters who are afraid of giving Barack Obama too much time to canvass their states. In any state where Obama has spent signifigant time, his poll numbers go waaay up, more than Clintons who stay static. He's the unfamilliar candidate and earlier primaries would surely benefit both Clinton and the Republicans because it would give less press to Obama.

    Give me a better reason, please, somebody. For now, that's my best guess.

    September 4, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Christian, Tampa FL

    This is ridiculous. The primary season is headed for chaos. My state is already stripped of its representation because our dumb democratic party won't give up fighting for the Jan 29 deadline.

    It's obvious that Michigan won't be allowed to do this, but maybe if enough states push forward and the DNC strips them of representation, there will only be a handful of delegates at the convention. And that's not very democratic...

    September 4, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Hey xtina(???)
    Guess what???? Republican's are doing the same thing. You probably think it's not so manipulative now do you?

    September 4, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. dc, dc

    the dems should just let the states due what they want – they are states for a reason meaning they are the ones who realy get to decide! Go Mi Gov down donna barzil

    September 4, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Ed, Tallahassee FL

    As a Florida Voter I liked the idea of my vote counting in the primaries and not coming after everything has already been decided, but I think this all a little silly.

    Just make everyone vote on Super Tuesday, and let New Hampshire have their day. They only get to be in the spot light once every four years. That being said I think Dean and the DNC are over reacting by saying they won't count Florida's votes, and Possibly Michigan's votes as well.

    September 4, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Oceanside, CA

    yes i agree Donna brazil is a loser! why havent they fired her tired butt yet?

    September 4, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The DNC is a private club which shows the ultimate in chutzpah when it purports to overrule matters of state election law. It is arguably guilty of RICO racketeering violations by its attempts to control elections. Its two "frontrunners", by the way, cannot win a general election, and this game seems calculated to reinforce the Clinton and Obama candidacies.

    September 4, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Kim, Sacramento, CA

    It is all just a bunch of political game playing so that a particular state can have an "affect" on the primaries.

    I say a national primary – just like we do the general election. Everyone in every state goes to the polls on the same day. I am sure that a lot of the traditional politico's/game players don't like that but it seems to me like that is the best answer for all. This way everyones state and everyones vote counts equally.

    September 4, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. james, Minneapolis, MN

    Whatever happens this will be the last time it goes about like this. These states are sounding like spoiled brats cause they arent getting their way.

    Take the delegates away from them they dont speak for Americans either. We will have regional primaries in 2012 and all this is just build up for such a cause.

    September 4, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Justin Kudo, Davis, CA

    The reasons the primaries are continually moved up are simple: The first primaries are the most important in determining presidential candidates. As a result, states which have earlier primaries get significantly more attention by those candidates, in the form of visits, speeches, and promises.

    Additionally, state citizens and governments want to be heard by the future president. State governments with late primaries feel ignored and abandoned by candidates who often never even visit.

    September 4, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Rich, New York, NY

    All of the candidates have taken a pledge not to participate in Michigan or Florida if they have primaries in January. How is it going to look if one of the candidates wins big in Michigan and is not there to accept the win? Are they going to campaign in Iowa and NH those days and pretend Michigan and Florida don't exist? This could hurt the Dems in the general election.

    September 4, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Mike, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    As an African-American who realizes that Michigan and Florida are far more a reflection of the diversity of the Democratic Party and the country for than matter than both Iowa and New Hampshire...I applaud these states for their decisions

    September 4, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Tony, Dallas TX

    I just hope that none of the campaigns are trying to influence these states to move up their primaries to take advantage. It is clear that there are those candidates that are ahead right now in the opinion polls and they may want to have this done so that they can reap from this. My thought is, some campain somewhere might see this as a good way of prventing lesser known candidates from catching up with them. Hmmmm...any coincidence that the Governor of Michigan is a woman. Read the lines.

    September 4, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Dave Cheverly, MD

    Hillary Clinton and the established powers that be are orchestrating ALL this primary moving around stuff. They are using political pressure, promised favors and getting favors paid back to them from these politicians who are voting to move their primaries. With her name recognition and known husband Bill. A shorten primary season can only help her as it will give little time for voters to get to know the others. Once Obama out raised her in the 1st quarter her camp had to go to plan b. Rig and stack the race. Every other election year’s primary schedule was fine until now. Ask yourself why? The media is right on the bandwagon with her. For every 10 stories ALL glorifying Hilary as though she walked on water. You might hear 1 Obama story that’s always down played. All of a sudden the media is qualified to tell us who is naïve or inexperienced to run the country. Mind you this is the same media that bought the crap about WMDs in Iraq. Just how important is this so called experience when you’re so easily hood winked. (Their hood winking us now)It won't work in the end cause Obama already knows he has to work 10 times a hard to win and he will WIN!

    September 4, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Max, Dallas, TX

    It is distinctively adventageous to the Republicans. The Dems started this whole game early leaving the GOP very little time for mud slinging preparations. influencing state officials to modify the primary elections date, they are able to manipulate the length of time needed to promote their always belittling and juvenile criticisms along with there distorted "fact" models. Such as FUZZY MATH!

    September 4, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Danielle

    Further evidence of the breakdown of civility and cooperation in America. Our new motto is: "Me First!"

    September 4, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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