The national Republican Party's efforts to avoid the super-early caucus and primary contests that occurred for both parties in the 2008 cycle -- when the Iowa caucuses were held just three days into the new year, and the New Hampshire primary five days after that -- are being up-ended by a state that has driven much of the hard-line national conservative agenda in recent years: Arizona.
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On Monday, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) issued a proclamation that the state's presidential primary would be held on February 28, in accordance with the existing state law.
The problem: RNC rules for the new cycle command that no state can hold its contest before March 6, other than the selected early venues of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
Brewer had previously considered placing the election even earlier, in January, but has now decided to stick with late February -- which is still not in defiance of RNC rules.
As such, Brewer's move is already triggering a backlash from the officially sanctioned early states, who could move up their primaries and caucuses if the situation is not resolved amicably.