Iowa Democrats Move Precinct

Iowa Democrats are moving their leadoff

precinct caucuses to January 3rd. That's the same date Republicans

picked earlier this month. It lets both parties continue the

tradition of meeting on the same night.

The state's precinct caucuses had been scheduled for January

14th, but the parties decided to move them up under pressure from

other states rushing to the beginning of the primary calendar.

The move means the major remaining question about the calendar

is the New Hampshire primary, originally scheduled for January

22nd.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has said only that

he would schedule that primary no later than January 8th.

Sunday's decision was eagerly awaited by the various

presidential campaigns which have been building huge organizational

operations in Iowa as well as spending heavily on advertising.