Both Parties Press to Avoid Primary Election Chaos in 2012

Monday, 20 Dec 2010 01:13 PM

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Presidential campaigns have grown longer and longer in recent years, with primary dates pushed earlier and earlier. In 2008, primaries began the first week in January, but in 2012, the Republican and Democratic national committees plan to push the start date back to February, Politico reports.

2012, primary, election, Republicans, Democrats, Iowa, caucusThe 2008 schedule turned into a mess. The Iowa caucuses took place Jan. 3, followed by the New Hampshire primary Jan. 8. The Michigan primary was Jan. 15, but the Democratic candidates boycotted it. Jan. 19 saw caucuses in Nevada, which the Republicans ignored. The GOP had a competitive primary in South Carolina, but Democrats conducted their South Carolina primary a week later.

“If all goes according to plan, the 2012 primary season will kick off with the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 6, followed by the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 14, followed by the South Carolina primary and Nevada caucuses,” Politico reports. But “even here, there’s a potential snag, as the parties don’t seem to agree on the order of these latter two. Nevada Republicans recently set Feb. 18 as their caucus date.”

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