It’s official: The Republican presidential primary calendar is set for 2012.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced on Wednesday that the Granite State’s primary will be held on Jan. 10, making it the second-in-the-nation nominating contest and falling exactly one week after Iowa holds its caucus. South Carolina will be next, with a Jan. 21 primary, followed by Florida on Jan. 31.
New Hampshire was the final state to make its primary date official. New Hampshire Republicans, seeking to protect the state’s first-primary-in-the-nation status, clashed with Nevada officials, which sought to hold its caucus around the same time.
But after intervention by the Republican National Committee officials, Nevada opted to relent and to hold its caucuses on Feb. 4.