South Carolina will move its presidential primary to January 21, setting off a scramble of early states to move their nominating contests into early January.The South Carolina Republican Party’s decision, first reported by CNN, is in response to Florida moving its primary up to January 31.
However, both of those changes will force several other nominating contests to move even further up on the primary calendar. It’s unknown now how soon the primary season will get underway, but a look at past years provides a rough idea.
Florida: Florida voted to move their primary to January 31.
South Carolina: In response to Florida’s move, South Carolina jumped ahead to January 21.
Nevada: Nevada traditionally caucuses before South Carolina, and one week after New Hampshire. The state’s caucus could move up to January 14.
New Hampshire: There is some confusion about this one. New Hampshire law states that its primary must be held seven days before the next vote, though Nevada wants to vote on the Saturday immediately following New Hampshire. That would put New Hampshire at January 10.
Iowa: Iowa caucuses are held eight days before New Hampshire, meaning they could go to the polls on January 2.
If the seven-day rule is enforced in New Hampshire, the Iowa caucuses could potentially move into December!
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