In a short meeting, the committee to pick Florida's presidential primary date overwhelmingly settled on Jan 31. This will not make Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina happy.
The New Hampshire Union-Leader is clearly unhappy. Here's what political columnist John DiStaso had to say yesterday about Florida's move to Jan. 31.
That creates quite a mess and clearly means that the New Hampshire presidential primary, which traditionally follows only the Iowa caucuses, could well be held in early- to mid-January — a month to six weeks before previously envisioned.
The man empowered to set the New Hampshire primary date isn't talking about dates or even ranges of dates at this point.
“We'll act accordingly,” New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner told the Granite Status.