New Hampshire’s secretary of state, William M. Gardner, has issued a warning that the state’s primary could be as early as December 6 or 13 if Nevada Republicans do not move back their January 14 caucus date by at least three days.
By state law, New Hampshire’s primary must be held at least seven days before a “similar” contest. Similar could allow a caucus, but that was to allow Iowa to hold its caucuses first, but not Nevada before New Hampshire.
Mitt Romney is considered the front-runner as of now and if the dates for the primary/caucus were earlier, Romney’s chances to win would be better. This is why Romney used his powerful political connections in Nevada (a state with a large Mormon population) to move up the Nevada Caucus ahead of New Hampshire.
The theory is that Romney would then have win in New Hampshire and Nevada, two of the four first elections, and that would give him the momentum to win the nomination.
Secretary of state William M. Gardner has fallen into Romney’s trap with his threat to move the New Hampshire primary up to December, thus leaving less than two months before the first election (assuming Iowa then doesn’t move again).