Wisconsin’s Presidential Primary Dates Officially Changed For 2012
Although national pundits have long been speculating, we now know when Wisconsin’s voice will be heard during the presidential primaries to hit our county next spring. Of course, these primaries will likely decide who the republicans will nominate to run against President Obama in the fall.
Legislation has now been approved to move back the date of the Wisconsin primary from late February to the first Tuesday in April. The bill had already passed in the Senate, and passed the state Assembly on a bipartisan 65-32 vote earlier this week. This was expected, and is part of a move by the national Democratic and Republican parties to avoid front-loading state primaries.
Under the change, Wisconsin’s primary next year would be April 3, the same day as the spring election.
The primary season of 2012 looks like this:
Iowa is scheduled to hold its caucuses on Feb. 6, followed by the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 14, the Nevada caucus on Feb. 18, the South Carolina primary on Feb. 28 and Super Tuesday, on March 6.
Wisconsin’s primary will fall roughly in the middle of the pack. Right now the republican front runners are Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, and Ron Paul.