In hopes of paving the way for a polarizing GOP Presidential candidate, national Democratic leaders have asked Massachusetts lawmakers to push back their State's primary.
According to The Boston Globe, the Democratic National Party is hoping to reschedule the Massachusetts Presidential primary, which is currently slated for March 6, until later in the spring of 2012. Liberals fear that the Bay State's influence early in the election cycle will help boost the popularity of moderate candidates such as Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, who they believe are more likely to give President Barack Obama the toughest challenge in the national race.
National Democratic leaders would rather see more a conservative candidate emerge as the GOP front-runner early next year. In theory, they believe that Obama would fare better against a far-right politician who may not appeal to independent or undecided voters.
However, Massachusetts legislators are not in favor of the delay. Secretary of State William Galvin said that there is "no appetite for it here."
William Mayer, a political science professor at Northeastern University said that these scheduling efforts by party leaders compromise the integrity of the election process.
“It is not a great thing when one party tries to set the rules to make it difficult for another party,’’ Mayer told the news provider.
In Florida, lawmakers are considering holding their primary on Jan. 31, according to the Miami Herald. Only four States — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — have been authorized by national party leaders to hold their respective caucuses or primaries before March 6. If Florida moves up their date, their delegation total at the Republican National Convention would be cut in half.