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South Carolina GOP primary set to move up

The South Carolina Republican Party is going to move its primary ahead to stay in front of Florida, which recently "relocated" to January 29th. Liz Sidoti has the story for the AP:

South Carolina is poised to hold its Republican presidential primary earlier than Feb. 2, 2008, likely in mid-January, a move that is expected to push New Hampshire and Iowa to follow suit.

Such shifts could mean the first GOP nominating contest could take place in December of 2007, in just four months.

South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson will announce the earlier date Thursday during a joint news conference with New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner in Concord, N.H.

"We're going to protect this battleground," Dawson said of South Carolina's historic first-in-the-South primary status.

Read the rest at the link above. In South Carolina the parties have to pay the costs of their own primaries, so they are free to set whatever date they choose.

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