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.