And the icing on the cake.
Not that HB 1843 is necessary to move Virginia's presidential primary from the second Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in March, but it becomes the second bill -- following the House passage of SB 1246 earlier in the week -- to pass both chambers and move on to the governor. Only one is needed to move the commonwealth's 2012 presidential nominating contest back on the calendar. And all indications point to Governor McDonnell signing legislation that saw overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses of the General Assembly. Virginia would become the first state to move back for 2012 in 2011, the third primary state and the fourth overall.
HB 1843 passed the Senate with 39 yes votes to just one dissenting vote.
If they were deciding today, where would they choose to go? A Note about the 2012 Presidential Primary Calendar