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Response to the Michigan Dems

From NBC's Mark Murray
Earlier today, we wrote about a letter Michigan Democrats are sending to the Democratic National Committee, asking why Michigan and Florida will be punished for moving up their primaries -- but not New Hampshire, which has sent signals that it will move up to protect its "first in the nation" primary.

The DNC told First Read that it hadn't yet received the letter, so it couldn't respond to it.

But a Democratic official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, made these two points: 1) Unlike Michigan and Florida, New Hampshire has not yet taken any action to move its date, and 2) New Hampshire -- in addition to Iowa, Nevada, and South Carolina -- had pre-approval from the party to conduct its nominating contest before February 5; Michigan and Florida did not.