(CNN) - In this Race to '08 podcast, CNN Political Editor Mark Preston speaks with CNN Radio's John Lisk about the 2008 presidential primary calendar now that New Hampshire has announced it will hold its primary on January 8, 2008.
Listen to Preston explain why a lot will likely be decided by the end of the voting day on February 5, 2008 and why the field may narrow even before "Super Duper Tuesday." Preston and Lisk also discuss the presidential candidates' different strategies for making the most of 2008's unprecedented primary calendar.
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New Hampshire's presidential primary date is now set.
(CNN) - A major piece of the 2008 presidential nominating schedule fell into place Wednesday, when New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced that his state's first-in-the-nation primary will be held Jan. 8, just five days after the Iowa caucuses.
Gardner moved the primary up two weeks, from its initial tentative date of Jan. 22, to put New Hampshire ahead of other states that decided to hold primaries earlier to bolster their influence on the nominating process.
"I'm pleased to announce that another important American tradition will endure," Gardner said. "First and foremost, we were going to preserve the New Hampshire tradition, and this will let us do that."
New Hampshire has held the first spot in the presidential primary calendar since 1920. The distinction is enshrined in state law, and Gardner was authorized to change the date to preserve the Granite State's place at the head of the line.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The New Hampshire presidential primary will be held January 8, 2008, New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner announced Wednesday.
– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
The date of the New Hampshire primary is still in limbo. Secretary of State, Bill Gardner, is still waiting for Michigan to resolve its legal disputes before he can set a date.
Two big heavyweights, Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger, are scheduled to discuss energy policy and climate change in the Granite state this month. Details are still in the works, but here is a sneak preview.
Mitt Romney is the frontrunner in New Hampshire, with the latest CBS/New York Times poll showing a 18 point lead over John McCain and Rudy Giuliani. Perhaps this is why.
Former Sen. John Edwards is a different candidate from 2004. Check out the Boston Globe's examination of the former North Carolina Senator.
And President Bill Clinton is campaigning in the state Friday. He has events scheduled in Gorham, Whitefield and Manchester.
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) –Secretary of State, William Gardner, is waiting on Michigan to cement a primary date before picking one for New Hampshire. Michigan has until November 14 to make its decision.
Did you notice if anyone was absent at the Democratic debate in Philadelphia? Click here to see former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel’s interview with the Nashua Telegraph. He talks about the need for a different debate format.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, spent time in the North country over the weekend, taking shots at the Democratic frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Last week, Mitt Romney followed in the path of his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, by signing his name on the New Hampshire primary. AP’s Steve LeBlanc takes a look at Romney’s family ties.
And he’s baaack. Fred Thompson said he’d spend more time in the Granite state—and he’s sticking to his word. He’ll be in Bedford bright and early Monday morning for Politics and Eggs.
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
(CNN) - The race for the 2008 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations started earlier than any other nomination race has in recent memory. Tom Foreman reports that it will also likely end earlier than any other nomination race has. But, the exact dates of voting in the early states is still not settled. Watch this report about the primary calendar's chaos.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Iowa Republican Party voted Tuesday to hold its caucus on January 3, 2008.
– CNN's Mark Preston and Chris Welch
(CNN) - Is it just an effort to honor the Democratic National Committee's rules or a veiled effort to undermine Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York? Or, maybe a little bit of both? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The GOP presidential debate wasn’t the only political headline in Michigan Tuesday. While the Republicans faced off against each other in Michigan, five of the Democratic presidential hopefuls announced they were taking their names off the ballot in Michigan, to protest the state’s moving of its primary up to January 15, violating Democratic Party rules.
The family feud between the Democratic White House hopefuls and the Michigan Democratic Party is an illustration of the hole the Democrats could be digging for themselves in Michigan and Florida come the general election. None of the top six Democratic candidates are campaigning in either state, and that could give Republicans an advantage.
Florida plays a crucial role in presidential elections. The Florida recount and the ensuing Supreme Court decision decided the 2000 election. But Michigan shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s an important large state that the Democrats don’t take for granted. Al Gore won the state by only five points in 2000, and John Kerry took the state by only three points in the last election.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinahuser
Rep. Jim Clyburn said Florida was trying to steal South Carolina's thunder by moving up their primary date.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn accused the Florida state legislature of "mischief" in moving up their state's primary date to Jan. 29, the same day that South Carolina Democrats are currently scheduled to hold their primary vote.
But Clyburn, the House Majority Whip and South Carolina's most powerful Democrat in Congress, said the Democratic National Committee should not punish Florida's Democratic voters for the date change. The DNC has threatened to strip Florida of its Democratic presidential delegates for violating party rules.
"I don't believe we ought to be punishing Democratic voters in Florida for what the Republican controlled legislature did down there," Clyburn said in an interview with CNN in his Columbia, South Carolina office. "I said at the time that they were doing mischief. I think they did it."
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings have filed a lawsuit challenging the DNC penalties.
"I don't ever agree with anybody suing my party," Clyburn said. "But I understand it."
Still, Clyburn was wary of Florida's motives. In moving their primary date to Jan. 29, the same day of the South Carolina Democratic primary, Clyburn said Florida was trying to steal South Carolina's thunder.