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The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Front-loading the vote By Donald Lambro THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published April 15, 2007 Presidents Day next February may have a whole new meaning. It’s likely that a third of all presidential primaries and caucuses will be held in the first two months of 2008, which means the parties' nominees could be known by early February, thanks to an "earlier the better" front-loading strategy emerging on the political landscape. Critics warn the strategy will bypass many voters and lengthen the general-election campaign well in advance of the November vote. In the previous primary season, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry effectively nailed down the 2004 Democratic nomination by March 2. But strategists in both parties now say that the nominees next year could be all but chosen by Feb. 5 -- when more than a dozen states are considering holding their nominating contests -- or by mid-February at the latest. "We are going to find out who the nominees are a lot sooner than before," said Art Torres, the Democratic chairman of California. His state recently moved its primary back to Feb. 5. New Jersey and New York have done the same in a compressed primary movement that is sweeping the country. At least 14 other states appear ready to follow suit, including the mega-states of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida. "To get a sense of how quickly" the Democratic nominating process could move by Feb. 5, "total the number of delegates that could be at stake by that time," Mr. Torres said. A tally of the number of pledged Democratic delegates up for grabs between Jan. 8 and Feb. 5 could total 2,240 (if all the states follow through on their plans to move up their contests). That's 58 votes more than is needed to win the nomination. Not all the states have winner-take-all delegate rules, such as the California Democratic primary would, and much depends on how many viable candidates remain in the nominating race for February and how the delegates are apportioned among the top vote-getters. Nevertheless, a senior Democratic strategist told The Washington Times, "this is going to move
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POL 1013 taught by Professor Dr.j.philiprogers during the Spring '05 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.

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