Democrats want Feb. 9 primary
The Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee released a schedule Friday that calls for New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary to be held on Feb. 9, 2016. The date still needs to be approved by the full DNC, then go to New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner for the final say.
The Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary traditionally kick off the official presidential campaign season, but the dates have been pushed to early January in the past two campaigns in order to fend off other states attempting to grab some attention.
Buckley was hopeful that both parties have come up with significant penalties that will discourage other states bumping up the calendar, causing the campaign to overlap with the holidays.
Under the dates approved by the committee vote Friday, the Iowa caucuses would take place on Feb. 1, followed by the Granite State’s traditional primary eight days later.
“If it ends up with these dates, it would honor the primary tradition,” Gardner said. “But this is helpful because it does respect the tradition of the primary.”