Nevada Shifts Caucus to Jan. 14

Move likely to push Iowa vote back to 2011
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2011 4:22 AM CDT
Nevada Shifts Caucus to Jan. 21
Nevada GOP officials say the move will preserve their first-in-the-West presidential contest.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Florida's decision to push its GOP primary back to Jan. 31 now looks likely to push the Republican nominating calendar into 2011. Nevada's Republican Party has announced that it plans to hold its caucus on Jan. 14, meaning New Hampshire is likely to shift its primary to even earlier, probably Jan. 3, and voters in Iowa will barely have had time to digest their Christmas turkey before the caucuses, the Hill reports. South Carolina has already shifted its primary to Jan. 21 to stay ahead of Florida.

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"This is absolutely in the best interest of our state," the chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party 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." (Read more Nevada stories.)

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