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NH Primary Date Announced: Tuesday January 8

First Posted: 03/28/08 03:45 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:20 PM ET

Sec Of State Gardner

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner today announced that the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary will take place on Jan. 8, the earliest date ever for a primary ballot in a presidential election year.

The much anticipated announcement came a few hours after the Michigan Supreme Court said that state's Jan. 15 primary can go ahead. Michigan is among many states bringing forward their primaries in the 2008 presidential race with the goal of having more influence.

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Gardner had already made clear that regardless of the Michigan Supreme Court decision concerning that state's primary date, a January 15 was off the table for New Hampshire

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