N.H. Leaders Call For Boycott Of Nevada

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Statehouse leaders in New Hampshire are calling on presidential candidates to boycott the Nevada caucuses. House Speaker William O'Brien is calling on the candidates to skip Nevada, and so is Senate President Peter Bragdon.

"The preservation of the New Hampshire primary is very important, and as other states start monkeying around with the whole calendar, it affects the whole system," Bragdon said.

Nevada has New Hampshire's political leaders worried because it set its caucuses for Jan. 14, 2012. Secretary of State William Gardner interprets New Hampshire law as requiring him to set the primary at least a week before that. But Iowa has already set its caucuses for early January, so Gardner says he's considering a December primary.

Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have already agreed to boycott Nevada. Mitt Romney, who won Nevada four years ago, won't boycott.

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