Alabama: the (primary) times are a'changin'
The Montgomery Advertiser reports: Changing the date of Alabama's presidential primary will save the state money, but could also cost the state national exposure.
In the spring of 2007, presidential candidates for both parties were storming into Alabama, hiring staff and lobbyists and securing lawmakers' endorsements. Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., spoke before the state Legislature. McCain visited Alabama at least four times between January and June of that year.
Four years later -- with a much less settled presidential field -- things are very different. ...
The comparative lack of activity reflects both the still-fluid nature of the GOP presidential race, where campaigns are getting under way later than in the 2008 season, and Alabama's relatively late primary start, which will be pushed back a month under a bill approved by the state Legislature. -- Read the whole story --> Delaying Alabama presidential primary may save state money; affect candidates' plans | The Montgomery Advertiser | montgomeryadvertiser.com