Nevada’s Republican party announced Wednesday that it had set its presidential caucus for January 14, a move that may result in the presidential nominating contests kicking off this December.Florida’s Republican party set off a domino effect earlier this year by bucking the national GOP and moving their primary up to January 31. That prompted South Carolina to move their primary to January 21, with Nevada now leapfrogging both of those contests.
However, Iowa and New Hampshire, which traditionally hold the first two nominating contests in the nation, may now not have enough time to hold both of their events in the first two weeks of the year.
“This is absolutely in the best interest of our state,” Nevada state GOP chair Amy Tarkanian said in a statement. “We are in the process of creating a caucus that will energize Republicans throughout Nevada and the west, and allow us to play a major role in deciding who will carry the fight to unseat Barack Obama and his destructive policies.”
A New Hampshire statute calls for the state’s primary to be held on a Tuesday at least seven days before the next contest. New Hampshire’s’ Secretary of State Bill Gardner has said he will follow state law, which would mean holding a primary on January 3 or earlier.
Iowa, which traditionally caucuses eight days before New Hampshire, would then get bumped into December 2011. Iowa’s GOP chairman Matt Strawn went on MSNBC Wednesday morning and said he hoped to avoid a December caucus, but that he could not say for sure just yet if he’ll be able to do so.
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