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New Hampshire Faces Primary Challenge

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New Hampshire Faces Primary Challenge

Election 2008

New Hampshire Faces Primary Challenge

New Hampshire Faces Primary Challenge

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New Hampshire traditionally holds the first presidential primary in the country. But other states are challenging that privileged position, arguing a state so small shouldn't set the tone for the presidential race.

New Hampshire's Secretary of State Bill Gardner has not set a primary date yet. He says he has waited until Dec. 20 before to announce the primary date and with a number of states moving up their primaries this election season, he could wait that long again.

The Union Leader newspaper in Manchester, N.H., has suggested that with Iowa holding its caucus on Jan. 3 and Michigan moving its primary up to Jan. 15, New Hampshire could hold its primary election on Jan. 8.

If that is the plan, Gardner is not saying. He says New Hampshire residents are used to the short notice and know they need to be ready to vote at a moment's notice.

Gardner talks to Alex Chadwick about when he'll announce the primary date.

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