With Florida moving up it presidential primary to Jan. 31, and South Carolina, Nevada, Iowa and New Hampshire all sliding their primaries or caucuses earlier on the calendar, the Republican Party has a significant challenge: None of its candidates can hold a consistent lead in the polls and the will-he-or-won't-he candidacy of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remains firmly on the fence. And a simple reality looms for each candidate: Voters will begin casting primary and/or caucus ballots in as soon as 100 days.
Meanwhile, a list of national polls splits support between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and forrmer Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. A survey by Fox News puts Romney in front of Perry by 4 percentage points. But polls by CNN and USA Today put Perry on top.
There's a solid chance that the GOP presidential hopefuls will have a lot more face-time with Idahoans, since the Idaho Republican Party's central committee decided to move up its statewide caucus to Super Tuesday on Feb. 7.