August 9th, 2007
09:54 AM ET
15 years ago

No Christmas Caucuses for Iowa Democrats

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Make no mistake about it, Iowa Democrats have no plans of mixing politics with Christmas cheer.

An Iowa Democratic Party official tells CNN that there are no plans to hold their caucuses around the Christmas holidays despite decisions by other states to move up their own nominating contests into January.

The latest move will be announced late Thursday morning by the South Carolina Republican Party, which will hold their primary on January 19, 2008. South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson will make this announcement in Concord, New Hampshire at an event expected to be attended by several of the Granite State's political officials.

It is a symbolic move to show that the first-in-the-nation primary state (New Hampshire) and the first-in-the-South (South Carolina) stand united in protecting their unique roles in helping select the next president.

"Iowa is not going to be driven by the Republican Party in South Carolina making a change to their primary date," said Carrie Giddins, communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party. "Nobody wants to go in December and Iowa will remain first in the nation."

The big question is what date will New Hampshire hold the first-in-the nation primary? We are unlikely to learn that Thursday, but the fact that the South Carolina GOP is moving up to Jan. 19 means that New Hampshire will move to a date earlier in the month.

The Iowa Republican Party, which is hosting its Ames straw poll this weekend, is waiting to see what New Hampshire decides before announcing a date for its caucuses.

"We are not going to make any comment or announcement until New Hampshire announces its primary date," said Mary Tiffany, communications director for the Iowa Republican Party.

Another big unanswered question is to what date will the South Carolina Democratic Party move its primary? Right now, South Carolina Democrats are scheduled for January 29, the same day Florida is holding its primary. There might be pressure now to allow the South Carolina Democrats to join the South Carolina Republicans 10 days earlier - a move that would save the state money and give South Carolina its own day in the sun.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

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  1. Chris

    You all should research why the primaries are being moved up. The elite are scared of the internet and REAL candidates making progress. They want their guys nominated as soon as possible before they fall off their pedestals. It's all evil, nothing honorable about them moving up their primaries.

    August 9, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Jim, Laguna Hills, Ca.

    Primaries should be held on the same date for all states. No one state should be able to have more influence by going first! The dates should be set nationally for both caucuses.

    August 9, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |