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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 08:14 PM
Response to Reply #25
26. Who is "we"?
Edited on Wed May-20-09 08:25 PM by PassingFair
The party was well aware of New Hampshire's special status
and their semi-closed primary.

From Wiki:

Scheduling and process

New Hampshire hosts the first primary in the entire nation. A state law that was passed in 1975 required that the date be set at least one week before any other similar contest. The Iowa caucuses are the only delegate-choosing event before the New Hampshire primary, but since Iowa hosts caucuses, not primaries, that is not seen as violating the law.<1>

Any registered voter may participate in New Hampshire's primary. Voters must declare a party affiliation so that they could participate in only one primary every year, not both the Democratic and Republican primaries. The voters will elect delegates to the district-level events; a candidate will only receive delegates to the national convention if he or she receives at least 15% of the district voters' votes. 30 delegates will be proportionally sent to the national convention.<1>


More:

http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/primari... /


Snip:

Thursday, January 3
After other states advanced the dates of their nominating contests, Iowa Democrats joined Republicans in making their caucus the first in the nation and the earliest ever.

Iowa Caucus 57 delegates
Tuesday, January 8
New Hampshire's secretary of state moved its primary ahead of Michigan's. State law says New Hampshire must vote at least a week before any other primary.

New Hampshire Primary 30 delegates
Tuesday, January 15
Michigan's jump to mid-January TRIGGERED SHIFTS by Iowa and New Hampshire. The Democratic National Committee penalized Michigan for moving ahead of Feb. 5 without permission by awarding its delegates half a vote each at the national convention.

Michigan Primary 78.5 delegates
Saturday, January 19
The Democratic National Committee allowed Nevada and South Carolina to move their contests to January to provide regional and ethnic balance.
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