New Hampshire will hold its primary on Jan. 10, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced Wednesday.

Gardner, who has faced pressure to announce a date from other early-voting states, was widely expected to announce the primary would be held on that day. 

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With the New Hampshire announcement, the early GOP primary calendar is now set.

Florida initially triggered a reshuffling of the primary dates by moving up its contest to Jan. 31causing the early-voting states to move up their dates. When Nevada originally announced its caucuses would be held Jan. 14, Gardner threatened to move New Hampshire's date up to December to protect its first-in-the-nation status. But Nevada backed down and moved its contest to Feb. 4.

Iowa has scheduled its caucus for Jan. 3, and South Carolina's primary will be Jan. 21.

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman congratulated Gardner immediately following the announcement for preserving New Hampshire's "sacred status" of holding the first-in-the-nation primary.

"I have been proud to stand with him since day one in support of New Hampshire's rightful place in this process," Huntsman said in a statement released by his campaign.

Huntsman boycotted a recent debate in Nevada as part of an effort to force Nevada to move back its caucus date. Other Republican candidates pledged to boycott Nevada's caucus if it remained on Jan. 14.


—This post was last updated at 12:19 p.m.