Nov 21

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After months of hand-wringing, New Hampshire officials announced Wednesday they would hold the first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Jan. 8, five days after Iowa's leadoff caucuses.

Officials from the Republican Party announced Thursday that the states of New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming will lose half of their delegates at the Republican National Convention next year for scheduling early primaries.

Oct 10

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Five Democratic candidates chose to withdraw their names from the Michigan primary ballot in another round of the calendar shuffle that pits allegiance to national party rules against voters in states grappling for more nominating influence.

The Democratic National Committee moved over the weekend to penalize Florida for moving up its primary date to Jan. 29 -- a violation of DNC rules that prohibit states from holding nominating polls before Feb. 5.

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