Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – For candidates still considering a presidential run there is a new, earlier deadline.
Presidential hopefuls wishing to compete in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary must file an intent to compete by Friday, Oct. 28, announced Secretary of State Bill Gardner Friday.
Gardner set the earlier filing date in response to a decision by Florida legislators to move up their state's primary to Jan. 31. Candidates may begin filing their paperwork in New Hampshire beginning Oct. 17.
In New Hampshire, state law says that the filing period ends the third Friday in November, which is the 18th, but Gardner had the authority to change the filing period to accommodate an earlier primary date.
Possible candidates such as former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will now be forced to decide whether to compete in the Granite State primary within less than a month's time. Both Palin and Giuliani have spoken with New Hampshire voters on visits to the state in recent months.
Some campaigns choose not to compete in the nation's first primary, where voters tend to be more socially moderate and demand sustained attention and visits from presidential contenders. But the state is also small - both in size and population - and voters have a reputation for considering outside-the-box candidates and propelling them towards later electoral success.