DES MOINES -- Presidential campaign workers won't have much time for Christmas cheer next month, with the Iowa caucuses just a few weeks away on Jan. 3.
Officials from most of the top campaigns say they will shut down for Christmas Day, a Tuesday, and be back at close to full speed on Wednesday. That means many staff members won't have the time to travel to out-of-state family gatherings.
This is different from previous years, when most campaigns would shut down for several days around Christmas, giving hundreds of workers time to relax before the stretch run. The difference this year is the caucuses have been rescheduled for Jan. 3, which is the earliest date ever.
"With the compressed time schedule, we just need to make use of every minute up to Jan. 3," said Tim Albrecht, spokesman for Republican Mitt Romney.