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  N.H. presidential primary set for Jan. 8
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News DateWednesday, November 21, 2007 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire will hold its first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Jan. 8, five days after Iowa's leadoff caucuses in a super-early nomination season pushed almost to New Year's Day of the election year.

Secretary of State William Gardner announced New Hampshire's date Wednesday, ending months of speculation, including the possibility that the state might actually push its primary into December in order to keep its spot at the head of the line.

Jan. 8 is the earliest ever for the primary, which often has shaped presidential contests — sometimes dramatically — for over half a century. The date resulted from states around the country scheduling their own early primaries and caucuses to attract candidates before the major party nominees are chosen. As a result, both the Democratic and Republican nominees are likely to be effectively chosen by Feb. 5, when 22 states vote, if not earlier.

Gardner set New Hampshire's date hours after Michigan's Supreme Court said that state's primary could go forward as scheduled on Jan. 15, ending a court battle. New Hampshire waited to make sure Michigan wouldn't schedule caucuses even earlier.
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