Iowa and New Hampshire will respond to South Carolina primary

WASHINGTON (AP) - The governor of Iowa says no matter what other states do in scheduling their primaries, "Iowa will go first."

The jockeying for early position on the primary schedule continued today with South Carolina Republicans deciding to hold their presidential primary earlier than planned -- on January 19th of next year.

Under state law, New Hampshire will now have to move its primary to no later than January 12th, so it'll keep its first-in-the-nation primary.

And, also under state law, Iowa would then have to move up its caucuses, which launch the candidate-selection season. To avoid the holiday crunch, it's possible Iowa would choose a date in mid-December of this year.

A former Republican Party chairman says a lot of reporters could find themselves spending Thanksgiving in Iowa and Christmas in New Hampshire.