Connecticut sets presidential primary for April 24
HARTFORD, Connecticut: Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced yesterday that Connecticut's presidential primary will take place on April 24. The later date means 29 states will declare their preference prior to Connecticut.
The date was selected by the Legislature back in March, but according to Merrill it was "hotly debated." While a number of states openly defied rules set out by the Republican National Committee by moving their primaries to fall before March 6, Connecticut did the opposite. Av Harris, Merrill’s spokesman, explained, “Basically both parties in Connecticut wanted to play by the rules. They wanted to do what their national parties were trying to encourage them to do.“
By law, on February 10, Merrill must announce the names of the candidates who will appear on the primary ballot and must select the order of the names on March 20. Voters are able to register up until one day before the primary.