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Posted on on October 8th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (

First it was Nevada that sat its date for Tuesday January 10th. That forces Iowa and New Hampshire to have their contests earlier then January 10th.

The ridiculous question mark hangs on New Hampshire that has its internal law that pushes it to have those primaries on a Tuesday and seven days before Nevada. This allows in 2012 just November 3rd and this date is contested already by Iowa – while the 10th is by Nevada.  New Hampshire has just to change its rules or to move to Christmas-time which would be dandy so far as we are concerned or the Christian Tea – but can a New England State afford this?

Then, the display of Republican candidates gets stretched out thin – as in:

a straw poll at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of more than 3,000 social conservatives in Washington gave  Ron Paul, who addressed the summit Saturday morning and whose supporters flooded the convention, – a  37 percent in the informal poll, or 732 votes among the 1,983 attendees who participated in the survey.

Businessman Herman Cain placed second with 23 percent, or 447 votes; former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) took third with 16 percent, or 323 votes; and Texas Gov. Rick Perry  placed fourth with eight percent, or 167 votes. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took fifth with eight percent, or 157 votes. And former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R), who addressed the summit Saturday after Paul, placed sixth with four percent, garnering only 88 votes of the nearly 2,000 cast.

Romney and Perry have tangled over the past 24 hours while prominent evangelical leader Robert Jeffress called Romney’s Mormon religion  “a cult,” a –  charge with which Perry, the Texas governor does not agree.

It’s worth noting that Paul’s success in the straw poll is indicative of the enthusiasm of his young supporters rather than of his popularity among the social conservatives who typically attend the conference, most of whom in interviews Saturday pointed to Cain as their preferred candidate.

So, why did Nevada push forward, and why should one worry about Iowa or New Hampshire?

LET US SAY – the starting gate seems moving towards Cain with Bachman getting Iowa and Romney New Hampshire. Who would be a Nevada favorite to test the starting gate? Is there any place in this for Texans Ron Paul or Rick Perry?

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