Longtime New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has been defending his state’s century-old tradition of holding the first primary in the presidential nominating process for over four decades – and with a new threat from Nevada looming, it looks like Gardner will once again have to fight to keep his state’s first-in-the-nation position.
Nevada’s state Senate passed a bill on Monday that would transform the state’s presidential caucus into a primary and move the contest to the lead-off position in the race for the White House.
Nevada is currently third in the Democrats’ nominating calendar, trailing Iowas’ caucuses and New Hampshire’s primary. It’s fourth in the Republican schedule, trailing Iowa, New Hampshire, as well as South Carolina’s primary.
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The bill, which passed the Nevada Assembly last week, still needs the signature of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who’s not said if he’ll sign the legislation but who’s been supportive of the idea. And it would need the backing of the national parties – the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC).
A Biden-Harris supporter carries flags while riding in the back of a limousine in Las Vegas, in this November 2020 file image. Nevada lawmakers have passed a bill aiming to make the state the first to weigh in on the 2024 presidential primary contests. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
The measure – AB126 – would move Nevada’s contest to the first Tuesday in February in presidential nominating years, likely leapfrogging Nevada ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire.
If it ever came to fruition, the Nevada bill would likely force Gardner to move the date of the New Hampshire presidential primary up in the calendar. As dictated by state law, New Hampshire must hold its primary “7 days or more immediately preceding the date on which any other state shall hold a similar election.”
“Our law hasn’t changed,” Gardner told Fox News on Tuesday. “I’ll follow the law like I always have – like the oath of office I take says.”
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The push for the Silver State bill comes after former longtime Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, who served for eight years as Senate majority leader, starting making waves in December as he urged that his home state jump to the start of the nominating calendar.
Reid, who remains very influential in the national Democratic Party, was instrumental in moving Nevada’s caucuses in 2008 from an afterthought to third position in the Democratic presidential nominating calendar.
A sign by New Hampshire’s state capital building marking the state’s century-old tradition of holding the first presidential primary in the race for the White House, in Concord, N.H.
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