Here we go: First GOP primaries could be pushed from February to January

If Nevada sticks with that date, the 2012 New Hampshire primary, which under state law must be held at least a week before the next contest on the calendar, would likely be set for Feb. 7, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported Thursday.

That’s out of line with the calendar the national Democratic and Republican parties are trying to impose, which would have the Granite State holding a Valentine’s Day primary instead.

And because Iowa generally goes eight days before New Hampshire, a Feb. 7 New Hampshire primary could force Iowa to hold its caucuses on Jan. 30.

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