This just in…Utah and New Mexico will pursue a Presidential Preference Primary on February 5th, 2008. Arizona already holds their primary on that day.
Other states in the Intermountain West are actively discussing joining the coalition.
Utah State Democratic Party Chair Wayne Holland, and Republican Party Chair Joe Cannon will now take the initiative to their respective party central committees.
The parties need to decide if they will make the results of this primary binding upon their delegates. As you probably know, the state provides the platform (time, place, voting equipment, vote count resources, etc.) for presidential primaries, but it is up to the parties to choose if they will participate.
The legislature will also have to approve the new date.
We sincerely appreciate the leadership and teamwork of Governors Huntsman and Richardson on this issue.Why a Western Primary?