Manchester, NH – In a vote earlier today, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) finalized it's 2016 primary calendar and continued New Hampshire's proud “First in the Nation” tradition. The newly adopted calendar maintains New Hampshire's status as the first state to hold a presidential primary by scheduling the primary to take place on February 9, 2016.
“New Hampshire has long been proud of hosting the first presidential primary, and that tradition will continue heading into 2016,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “By scheduling our primary eights days after the Iowa Caucus and eleven days before the Nevada Caucus, New Hampshire voters will have the maximum amount of time to meet and learn more about the presidential candidates. We applaud the DNC for working with us to establish a smart primary calendar for 2016 that continues to protect the Granite State's important status as 'First in the Nation.'”
Today's vote marked the final vote in the DNC's process of setting the 2016 calendar. The newly adopted calendar takes several smart steps, including ensuring that both the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary do not fall on holidays, and that early contest states are appropriately spaced out between dates. The New Hampshire primary will take place a full eight days after the Iowa Caucus and eleven days before the Nevada Caucus. While Secretary of State Gardner has the final say in setting the date, this calendar should eliminate the controversy of past cycles and provide New Hampshire voters with their traditional role during the centennial year of the New Hampshire presidential primary.
New Hampshire Democrats secured their first in the nation status thanks to the work of NH DNC members, including NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley, Committeeman Peter Burling, Vice Chair Martha Fuller Clark, At-Large Member Joanne Dowdell, Governor Maggie Hassan, and Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan