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
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