Who really will vote first in 2008? Probably a Californian.

I blogged and wrote a press release about the interaction of early voting and the front loaded presidential primary calendar in November.

Apparently, I jumped the gun. But reporters are starting to notice. If Florida, California, and Illinois move to February 5th, voters in each of these states will start casting ballots prior to Iowa.

I’m not saying this is good or bad–it’s just a fact. My educated guess is that this will only enhance the prospects of well-funded, well-known candidates (read Clinton and Obama), because a candidate will have to be on the ground in early January in at least three large states, located at different parts of the country.

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story.)