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2012 Primary Calendar

Jason Linkins

Iowa Not A Completely Terrible Place To Stage The First Contest Of The Primary Season, According To Math | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

The Iowa Caucuses are mere days away, and that means two things. First, it means we all get to say, "the Iowa Caucuses are mere days away." And second, it means that we get to stage the perennial argument over whether Iowa is representative enough of the country at large for it to have such an outsized role in determining the eventual winner of the presidential primary season. Ultimately, there are a lot of reasons we have this argument, but there are also a lot of reasons for why the argument doesn't go anywhere.

John Celock

States Play Musical Chairs With Calendar | John Celock | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Dwindling state revenues and new federal election laws are among the reasons states have been changing the dates of primary elections in 2012. As more...

Jon Ward

Romney Needs Early 2012 Knockout To Avoid Extended Primary | Jon Ward | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The first two months of 2012 represent Mitt Romney's best chance to deliver a knockout blow in the Republican presidential primary. I...

John Celock

Two States Likely To Host Multiple 2012 Primaries | John Celock | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

A series of disputes is likely to send voters in two states to the polls more than once for 2012 party primaries. An impasse among Ohio legislator...

Why New Hampshire's Threat To Move Its Primary To December Is No Bluff | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

Here is a warning to Nevada: Talk of New Hampshire setting our First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary in December isn't a bluff, and it has some adv...

Jason Linkins

New Hampshire And Nevada Now In Primary Season War With Each Other | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

As you may know, yesterday, New Hampshire Secretary Of State Bill Gardner emerged from his Temple Of Thoughts with a lengthy missive regarding the yet...

Jason Linkins

New Hampshire Secretary Of State: Dec. 6 Is A 'Realistic Option' For Primary | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Primary calendar watchers have been waiting to hear from New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner, whose decision on when the New Hampshire pr...

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Will February Become The Month Without A Horserace? | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

Florida's decision to move their 2012 primary contest up to January has touched off a race up the calendar from traditional early primary states Iowa,...

Jason Linkins

After Florida, The Next Primary To Move Will Be ... | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

Last week, the Florida Republican Party decided to flout Republican National Committee rules and upset the delicate applecart of American political tr...

Jason Linkins

Florida Will Now Destroy The Sanctity Of The 2012 Primary Calendar | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

The Republican National Committee is apparently willing to work with Florida on it's primary scheduling by giving it a February 21 date that preserves the turf of the early primary states; but it's being reported that Florida is "wary of states like Colorado, Georgia and Missouri, which are threatening to hold primaries or caucuses before February 21." So if Florida makes the jump, it could touch off a stampede of states moving to earlier and earlier dates. The more Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada are encroached upon, the more likely it becomes that everyone involved in the GOP primary will be spending the holidays in Des Moines.

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Gary Johnson Offers Contrasting Stance On Capital Punishment | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

Recent events have provided ample catalyst for a lengthy discussion on the death penalty tonight. And if it comes up, Alex Pareene notes that former N...

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer May Shake Up 2012 Primary Calendar

AP | PAUL DAVENPORT | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday she would not move up the state's presidential primary by nearly a month, avoiding at least for no...

Jason Linkins

This Day In The Constant Crisis Of The 2012 Primary Calendar | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

Emily Schultheis points us to Thursday morning's First Read column, which outlines in four paragraphs what is happening with the 2012 primary calendar...

Jason Linkins

South Carolina GOP Threatens Florida In Primary Calendar Kerfuffle | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

A long, long time ago, the wise oracles who keep the celestial firmament in perfect balance decided that the presidential primary season would begin i...

Jason Linkins

2012 Campaign Coverage Will Ruin Your Life | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at the Awl, Ben Dolnick writes, "I Know The 2012 Election Will Destroy My Life," in that he's poised to become a "Politico-reading, blog-commenting, Sunday-show-watching lunatic... I dread the coming darkness," says Dolnick.

Sam Stein

Tim Pawlenty Already Having Trouble Navigating Convoluted Primary-Map Politics | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The delicate balance of the 2012 Republican presidential primary calendar is already creating political difficulties for at least one pr...

Jason Linkins

Rogue States Threaten To Destroy Delicate Balance Of 2012 Primary Calendar | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The iron lock Iowa and New Hampshire have on starting the presidential primary process is pretty much hated by just about everyone else, and, with increasing frequency, other states typically try to crash the early primary party. In 2008, this led to all sorts of comical angst on the Democratic side, as Florida and Michigan defied party leaders to have early primaries. If you enjoyed all of that michegas in 2008, then you should look forward to 2012, which is shaping up along the same lines.