Georgia Joins Arkansas in Changing Primary Date

ATLANTA - Georgia joined a handful of other states holding earlier primary elections when Governor Perdue signed a bill today that pushes the state's presidential primary up by a month.

The measure moves the 2008 primary from March 4 to February 5 in hopes of creating a national primary day in most states.  Arkansas, Delaware, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona and Utah are already planning primaries for February 5.

Last week, Florida moved its primary to January 29, leapfrogging several other states and putting the state behind only the Iowa and Nevada caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.  It's also the same day as the South Carolina primary.

That move could force presidential candidates to spend much more time in Florida, the most populous state among the earliest primaries.

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