CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan is applauding the Democratic National Committee for protecting New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary status in 2016.

The DNC on Saturday approved rules for its 2016 convention along with a primary schedule that will begin with the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016, followed by voting later that month in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The 2016 framework is in line with plans pushed by Republicans and gives states incentives to hold their primary contests between March and June.

Hassan said Saturday that "New Hampshire is well known across the country for our vibrant civic society, and our presidential primary is a quintessential Granite State tradition that reflects our critical role in American democracy."


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