Colorado GOP hopes to move up non-binding caucus
September 22nd, 2011
10:33 PM ET
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Colorado GOP hopes to move up non-binding caucus

Denver (CNN) - Colorado Republican leaders will vote Saturday on a measure that would move the state's non-binding presidential caucus to early February, immediately after the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus.

Colorado has a primary in June for statewide candidates. Delegates to the national conventions are chosen by the parties in a process similar to a statewide convention.

Colorado GOP State Party Chairman Ryan Call says he expects the measure to pass. Call says that since the caucus would be non-binding, he doesn't expect the Republican National Committee to object.

Call hopes the event will be similar to Iowa's Ames Straw Poll, rallying the party faithful as candidates vie for support and the event makes news.

"We think it is in Colorado's interest and our party's interest," Call said Thursday.

Call acknowledged that most candidates may have to skip the event as they focus on Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primaries states that have binding caucuses and elections, but he said that Colorado is an important state and must be part of the decision-making process.

"Colorado's voice is important and needs to be heard in the process," Call said.

Call also hopes the event will be chance for Colorado Republicans to come together and begin to rebuild after a tough 2008 election cycle.

Though the Republicans here were able to flip several House seats in their favor, they lost a Senate race and a chaotic governor's race in a year that favored Republicans.

Call took over the Colorado GOP in April. Many Republicans thought the previous leadership botched the election, and Call hopes this event will restore confidence in the party.

"We have a lot of work to do, and we hope the caucus will help us get everyone together," Call said.

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