It’s official — New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer today signed legislation moving the state’s presidential primaries to the first Tuesday in February, which will be Feb. 5 next year.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Moving the primary date to February, we will help secure New YorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s large and diverse population an influential voice in selecting the 2008 presidential nominees,Ã¢â‚¬? Spitzer said in a statement.
Mike DuHaime, campaign manager for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid, had this to say about the development, which is presumed to benefit home-town candiadates Giuliani and, on the Democratic ticket, Hillary Clinton:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rudy Giuliani is the Republican candidate who can compete and win in New York State. Voters here know first-hand that Rudy is a true leader and proven problem-solver who has made a real difference in people’s lives. He will bring the prosperity New York City saw under his tenure as Mayor to the entire state.Ã¢â‚¬?
(Er, shouldn’t that be _country_ ?)
The Associated Press says: “About a dozen other states, including California and New Jersey, have already moved their primaries or caucuses to Feb. 5 or are about to do so. About a dozen more are considering such moves, setting the stage for what is quickly becoming known as ‘Super-Duper Tuesday’ just 22 days after the leadoff Iowa caucuses.”