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March 24th, 2007

Update to my post last week, titled “Super February? Giga Tuesday?“:

Florida wants to outdo California. While the Golden State moved its primary to February 5th, as about 15-20 states were considering doing, Florida upstaged them and has set its primary date at January 29th. That would put it with South Carolina as the 4th and 5th states to vote for party candidates. DailyKos has the story, and a rundown of the first month of voting for Democrats:

January 14, 2008 – Iowa (39)
January 19, 2008 – Nevada (22)
January 22, 2008 – New Hampshire (19)
January 29, 2008 – South Carolina (39), Florida (161)
February 5, 2008 – Alabama (45), Arizona (49), Arkansas (30), California (322),
     Delaware (13), Missouri (63), New Mexico (23), New York (202), New Jersey (93),
     North Carolina (79), Texas (168), Utah (20)
February 12, 2008 – District of Columbia (13), Tennessee (59), Virginia (72)
February 19, 2008 – Wisconsin (64)

So, who’s going to be next to try to upstage the others? Pennsylvania? That state and others have yet to finalize their schedule.

My question: is there some legal boundary for these things? Is it possible for a state to not be able to have a primary before a certain date? Because the way things are going, if there is no boundary, then in a few election cycles we’ll be having most of our primaries a full year before the main election.

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