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Alaska, Georgia jump on the Feb. 5 primary bandwagon

May 30, 2007|From the Associated Press

ANCHORAGE — Alaska and Georgia joined the growing list of states pushing up their presidential primaries and caucuses to Feb. 5, a date shaping up as a national primary day for Republicans and Democrats.

In Alaska, caucuses will be held Feb. 5. In 2004, Alaska Democrats held their caucus in March and Republicans waited until the end of May.

"We wanted to make sure Alaska had a reasonable standing in the public debate," said Randy Ruedrich, chairman of the Republican Party of Alaska. "We're going to be on Feb. 5, along with what appears to be over half the country."

In Georgia, Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill Tuesday that pushed the state's primaries up by a month, from March 4 to Feb. 5.

Fifteen states, led by delegate-rich New York, California and New Jersey, have moved their primary voting to Feb. 5, and at least five states, including Illinois and Texas, are close to making a similar shift.

Iowa opens the presidential nomination process with its caucuses Jan. 14. Nevada Democrats hold their caucus on Jan. 19, and New Hampshire is tentatively scheduled to hold the nation's first primary Jan. 22.

Last week, Florida joined South Carolina Democrats with plans for a primary Jan. 29.

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