The three Democratic presidential front-runners agreed Saturday not to campaign in Florida and other states breaking party rules on primary dates.
Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina joined New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Sens. Christ Dodd of Connecticut and Joe Biden of Delaware, The New York Times reported. They signed the pledge Friday.
Florida has moved its primary to Jan. 29 and Michigan has voted to hold a primary Jan. 15. Traditionally, the Iowa caucuses have opened the season, followed by the primary in New Hampshire -- which has a state law requiring it to hold the first presidential vote in the country.
States have been scheduling earlier primaries in an effort to get more attention during the campaign. But the Democratic National Committee has threatened not to seat delegations chosen at primaries held in violation of party rules.
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