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Friday, October 26, 2007

Iowa Independent: Iowa Democratic Party to Recommend Jan. 3 Caucus Date

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

The Democratic Iowa Caucuses are likely to be held on Thursday, Jan.
3, 2008, based on the recommendations of the Iowa Democratic Party
leadership to the State Central Committee, according to media reports.
The State Central Committee will finalize the date on a conference
call Sunday. Jan. 3 is the same date as the Republican Caucuses, and
it is the earliest caucus date in history. The implications of this
date have been thoroughly analyzed during the past two months of
speculation, but a brief summary of some of the possible effects is
located below the fold. No colleges or universities will have ended
their winter breaks by this date. Conventional wisdom is that this
will make Sen. Barack Obama's campaign to organize students difficult,
but the payoffs of a good student organization will be larger if
students are spread out across multiple cities rather than
concentrated in a few big precincts.

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