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Wisconsin, Bucking Trend, Makes Its Primary Later

While Florida threw the political calendar into confusion Friday by moving its primary up to Jan. 31 from March, Wisconsin is going in the other direction, moving its primary back as a cost-savings measure.

From a news release from the office of Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Madison–This morning Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 115, which changes the presidential primary election date in Wisconsin, into law as Act 45. The presidential primary will now take place on the same day as the spring general election. Wisconsin's previous presidential primary date was in February, and with the signing of this law it will move to April.

"Holding Wisconsin's presidential primary election on the same day as the routine spring elections will make the administration of our elections more cost efficient—saving valuable taxpayer dollars," said Governor Walker...

Because of Florida's move, Wisconsin's next door neighbor, Iowa, will make its primary earlier as will the three other traditional early states — New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Other states are now looking to move their contests earlier, too.