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April 09, 2007

New York Moves Primary Up To February 5th


New York on Monday became the latest US state to bring forward its 2008 presidential primary elections, joining nine other states in a vote on "Super Duper Tuesday" next February 5.

The move is aimed at giving the state more influence in choosing which candidates will run in the election -- a process that has traditionally been dominated by the states of New Hampshire and Iowa.

The change, which was approved by the State Senate and Assembly and signed into law by Governor Eliot Spitzer on Monday, means New York now will hold its primary one month earlier than usual.

California last month decided to bring forward its primary to the March 5 prompting a stampede of states seeking to do the same, in a move seen likely to fundamentally alter the dynamics of the race for the White House.

Tuesday is the traditional balloting day in the United States and in the past votes occassionally have been held on "Super Tuesdays," when two or or more states have held primary elections.

But the unprecedented number of simultaneous primary elections scheduled for February 5th have prompted political scientists to dub that day's balloting "Super Duper Tuesday."

Pundits said it is not surprising that so many states are rushing to move up their voting dates.


According to the National Association of Secretaries of State, 14 other states are also mulling February 5 for their primaries or caucuses, creating what Brams described as a "crowding effect."

It was too early to be discussing the 2008 elelction. It's not anymore. the nominees for both parties will almost certainly be determined less than ten months from now.

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