NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- South Carolina moved its presidential primary to Jan. 21, jumping ahead of Florida which announced on Friday a decision to move its primary forward to Jan. 31. South Carolina's primary was expected to be held in February. South Carolina is the first of the traditionally early voting states -- the others are Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada -- to announce a new voting date. "Last Friday, a nine-person committee brought chaos to the 2012 calendar," South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly said in a written statement, The Wall Street Journal reported. "Today, South Carolina is making things right." Under state law, Iowa holds the first caucuses. -- Written by Joseph Woelfel >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Joseph Woelfel >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.