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September 28, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Florida's expected move to set a late January primary will force other states to move their nominating contests ahead in kind, pushing the start of the Republican presidential sweepstakes closer to -- and perhaps even earlier than -- New Year's Day. Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon says state Republican leaders have agreed to move the state's presidential primary to Jan. 31, more than a month ahead of schedule, in order to make sure the nation's largest...
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October 6, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Caucuses at Christmas? It's an ever-more real possibility after Nevada on Thursday became the latest state to move up its nominating contest despite party efforts to delay the start of the process. The calendar jockeying began last week with Florida's decision to set its primary for Jan. 31, more than a month before Republican Party rules allowed. State Republicans wanted to ensure their voters were fifth in the presidential pecking order behind Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
September 30, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Florida made it official on Friday and set its presidential primary for Jan. 31, a decision already forcing changes for nominating contests in other states. A panel of state leaders voted 7-2 to advance Florida's primary despite last-minute efforts from the Republican National Committee to lobby the state to remain in compliance of party rules that say most states must wait until March. Leaders argued that Florida voters deserve a chance to make an early statement in the presidential sweepstakes because of the state's size, diversity and status as a general election battleground.
January 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Mitt Romney won a straw poll in one of the first early-state beauty contests of the 2012 presidential primary campaign, with New Hampshire Republicans giving him more than a third of their votes Saturday and Sarah Palin coming in a distant fourth. The poll of 273 GOP voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state took place at the state Republican committee meeting in Derry, where members also selected a "tea party"-backed candidate as the new state chairman over an establishment choice.
October 24, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Mitt Romney said Monday that he favored a simplified tax code that would lower the tax burden for the middle class, seeming to stop short of embracing the kind of flat tax proposals being offered by his chief GOP rivals. "Make them flatter," Romney told reporters after a rally at the New Hampshire state house. "As to what a particular tax system looks like -- you've got to look at the details and see, does it help middle-income Americans or not. " The former Massachusetts governor filed his paperwork this morning to become an official candidate in the state's primary, saying he hoped "that this time it will take," referring to his failed 2008 bid. He praised New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner for working to preserve the state's "richly deserved" tradition of hosting the first-in-the-nation primary, after Nevada Republicans moved their caucuses back to February.
October 18, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
As the early voting states wrangle over the start of the 2012 election calendar, the Republican presidential candidates have been competing to be defender-in-chief of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. Mitt Romney tried to get in on that action Tuesday, not long after the editorial page of New Hampshire's influential newspaper, the Union Leader, accused him of putting his political ambitions before the state's interests. Hours before a debate in Nevada, Romney affirmed his support for New Hampshire's process and said he would take his lead from New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner.
February 15, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Mitt Romney boasts a healthy lead in a new poll of New Hampshire voters, but an overwhelming majority in the first-in-the-nation-primary state are far from settled on their favored candidate a year before they cast their ballots. The new survey from the University of New Hampshire is the first look at the landscape by a respected pollster since the 2010 elections and comes as more potential candidates test the waters in the Granite State. Among a sample of 357 likely Republican primary voters, Romney led the field with 40%, a finding that would seem to confirm the conventional wisdom that the former Massachusetts governor is the front-runner in the state where he still owns a lakeside home.
November 2, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The announcement Wednesday of the date of New Hampshire's presidential primary largely cements the election calendar for 2012, which will see fewer contests in the early stages than in the frontloaded 2008 race. The first five Republican contests are certain, beginning in just 62 days with the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3. New Hampshire will vote in the nation's first primary on Jan. 10, as Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced Wednesday. South Carolina Republicans hold their primary on Jan. 21, followed in 10 days by the Florida primary.
October 17, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Iowa Republicans have set Jan. 3 as the date for their presidential caucuses, leaving New Hampshire as the only early-voting state without a firm date for its nominating contest. The Iowa Republican Party had said it would wait for the Granite State to set its first-in-the-nation primary date before determining when to hold the precinct caucuses. But with the quadrennial round of jockeying among states, and New Hampshire's secretary of state considering a December primary, the party acted unilaterally.
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