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Posted November 2, 2011
New Hampshire makes Jan. 10 primary date official

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, left, goes over paperwork with Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, center, as he files to be on the Nation's first presidential primary, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has scheduled its first-in-the-nation presidential primary for the second Tuesday in January, finally giving candidates a concrete calendar after months of uncertainty.

The Jan. 10 date announced by Secretary of State Bill Gardner Wednesday had been widely expected since Nevada Republicans voted last month to shift their presidential caucuses to early February, ending what had become a bitter standoff among rival states. Gardner had warned that Nevada’s initial decision to hold its contest in mid-January could force New Hampshire to vote in early December.

Iowa will vote a week ahead of New Hampshire, with South Carolina, Florida and Nevada coming afterward.

During the last presidential campaign, Gardner waited until Nov. 21 to set the Jan. 8 date.

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