The New Hampshire state legislature has passed a law allowing the Secretary of State, William Gardner, to set the date of the presidential primary as far ahead of any similar primary event as he so chooses.

According to a story that ran in the Laconia Citizen online edition, Gardner has always had that right but the legislature wanted to clarify the rules to ensure that New Hampshire retains its first-in-the-nation primary status.

The assumption among state officials is that Gardner will move the primary ahead of Nevada and possibly the Iowa caucuses as well.

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