Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - The New Hampshire secretary of state will end a month of tense speculation and maneuvering Wednesday when he announces the date for the state's primary.
Bill Gardner plans to announce the first-in-the-nation primary date at 11 a.m. Wednesday in his office at the state house in Concord.
Gardner is widely expected to announce a primary date of Jan. 10, which would put New Hampshire's contest a week after the Iowa caucus on Jan. 3 and 11 days before South Carolina's primary on January 21st.
Earlier this month Gardner had said the primary could be held in early December unless Nevada's GOP pushed back its caucus date of January 14th.
Nevada Republicans bowed to pressure and set their new caucus date for Feb. 4.
Gardner said last week he had a date in mind for the primary, but would wait to announce it until all candidates had filed paperwork to appear on the state's ballot. The filing period ended Friday.
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ROMNEY 2012. Obama and the Liberal Welfare Machine are running scared. Mitt has what it takes to turn this train wreck around and get America working again!
Man, oh, man. The Republican Party sure knows how to goofball things up; and they seem to do it for the most selfish reasons, ignoring any all previous agreements and potential collateral damage. This is how they treat one another. Now imagine how the treat the man in the White House, whome they have collectively pledged to "make him a one term president."