With upstarts Florida and Michigan threatening to crowd New Hampshire's sacred kickoff primary, the Granite State's secretary of state is shaking campaigns by dangling a December 2007 polling date. Endowed with god-like election powers, Bill Gardner can do whatever he needs in order to make sure candidates pay his tiny state heed. And he's keeping his options wide open.
The Washington Post spent seven hours with Gardner, hoping to sound out the election chief on a possible shift in the New Hampshire polling date. He admits that he has been watching the maneuverings of Michigan, Nevada, and Florida with interest. But as to whether he'll take action, the Post called his answers "brilliantly obtuse."