VIENNA, Virginia (CNN) - The presidential primary calendar was finalized Saturday, after months of uncertainty and just 33 days before the first votes are cast in Iowa.
The Democratic National Committee approved requests by Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to reschedule their nominating contests to earlier dates in January, while denying Michigan the right to hold its primary January 15. Michigan Democratic leaders vowed to move forward with the primary, even though none of its delegates will count towards the nominating convention and several Democratic contenders will not appear on the state ballot.
The votes by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee were the final dominos to drop in what has been a contentious battle pitting state political parties against national party leaders over control of the presidential nominating calendar. Traditionally, Iowa and New Hampshire have held the first caucuses and primary in the race for the White House. But Democrats and Republicans in others states tried to deemphasize the influence of Iowa and New Hampshire in the 2008 election at the same time elevating their own states into more prominent positions. State Republicans were successful, while efforts by their Democratic counterparts failed.
The DNC invoked a death penalty on any renegade Democratic state party that violated its rules by holding a nominating contest before February 5. The Republican National Committee, too, imposed sanctions on GOP state parties that held contests before February 5, but the penalties amounted to the loss of only half of the state’s delegates.
(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.
Click here to CNN's new political portal: CNNPolitics.com
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