On Sunday, the Iowa Democratic Party Central Committee will vote “on a plan to move the Iowa Democratic caucuses to Jan. 3, the same day as the Republican caucuses.” From Politico:
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan will recommend the move, according to Carrie Giddins, spokeswoman for the Iowa Democratic Party.
The date is a Thursday, instead of the traditional Monday, and also is the earliest in history, another sign of how desperately the early states are fighting to hang onto their first-in-the-nation status.
New Hampshire could still go on Jan. 8, which would mean winning candidates in Iowa would have very little time to capitalize on their victories and losers would have very little time to recover from their losses.
If New Hampshire pushes its contest into December, Iowa for the first time would trail New Hampshire instead of precede it.
The early date could also create other problems: “Candidates face the choice of campaigning during the December holiday season or leaving the voters in peace.” This really has turned into quite a mess. Stay tuned…