The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Nevada: The New New Hampshire? Or Lost in the Shuffle?


In Nevada, the grassroots are stirring, two years out. With the state now in between Iowa and New Hampshire Democratic primaries, campaigns are wondering how to divide their resources.


With California, New Jersey, and Illinois all debating moving up their primaries, we’re going to see some campaigns in a bit of confusion or panic – the familiar order, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina – is disrupted; and no one knows whether any particular state will be vital or whether it will get lost in the shuffle. It seems likely with so many candidates in the race, someone is going to focus their resources on one early state, and hope that it turns out to be an important one.


Somehow it seems appropriate that Nevada, home of Las Vegas and gambling, would make the primary schedule such a gamble for candidates with limited resources.

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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