Gardner has said he's committed to holding the primary on a Tuesday. He doesn't want to hold it on December 20 or 27, because those dates run too close to the holidays. Iowa is scheduled to hold its caucuses on January 3, the following Tuesday, and the two states aren't going to share a date.
So, for all practical purposes, plan on a New Hampshire primary on January 10. The practicality of that date is the reason top New Hampshire Republicans are pushing so hard
to force presidential candidates to boycott Nevada's caucuses.
(For more background, I wrote a column
on the race to the front and what it says about the parties a few weeks ago).
In response to a few folks wondering about lawsuits over the MOVE and UOCAVA Acts, thought I'd add a link to the Justice Department's fact sheet
on the law. DoJ has sued five states over MOVE and UOCAVA breaches and reached agreement with another nine states. Suffice it to say, states challenging MOVE and UOCAVA don't have a great record in winning these types of cases.