Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - The Iowa Republican Party on Monday made official what had been expected, announcing that its caucuses will be held on Tuesday, January 3. The state party's central committee on Monday night officially signed off on the date.
The caucuses were originally going to be held in February. But once Florida moved up its primary to January 31, Iowa Republicans said they had no choice but to move up.
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"On behalf of over 600,000 Iowa Republicans, I'm excited to announce the first step Iowans will have to replace Barack Obama and his failed presidency will be next January 3 at our first-in-the-nation caucuses," Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn said in a statement.
"A January 3 date provides certainty to the voters, to our presidential candidates and to the thousands of statewide volunteers who make the caucus process a reflection of the very best of our representative democracy," Strawn said.
Drew Ivers of the Iowa GOP Central Committee explained the Jan. 3 choice "allows us to capture the very first opportunity in the election year for us to caucus"
The caucuses, which require campaigns to mount major organizational efforts, will be held in more than 1,700 locations throughout the state. Caucus-goers must attend a full night of speeches as they cast a series of votes for their presidential choices.
All of this comes as New Hampshire and Nevada are locked in a war of words about when their contests will be held. Nevada has set its caucus for January 14, but New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner argues that that conflicts with its state requirement that no similar vote can be held within seven days of its primary. Gardner is threatening to move its primary to December.
Ivers said New Hampshire "was very comfortable with us taking the 3rd. So we're keeping our friendly relationship with New Hampshire."
Several candidates have said they will boycott Nevada if the two states don't reach an agreement.
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If Herman Cain or Ron Paul don't win the primaries I'm voting Barack Obama!
Ask each candidate to explain how they would ask the American people to pay enough tax to eliminate the current national debt.
Ron Paul 2012
Why do we still care what Iowa and New Hampshire think...I don't...I care about what I think
Can't the GOP get their act together? I cannot believe how unorganized they are. They not only fight with the democrats, but also within their own party. They just want to say "no" to everyone....it really doesn't matter who it is!
Oh...and who really cares what the GOP does anymore?
I believe that is the night of the Sugar Bowl. I'm not sure how many football fans will be attending the caucus.
So why do the candidates boycot New Hampshire as Nevada has had its date chosen for a while. Why do they expect Nevada to bow to another state. Why dont they respect our state as much as the other. I am a democrate but I will not vote for Obama in the next election. But any candidate who boycots Nevada will not get my vote as they must not think much of me to choose anoter state over ours.
One big question for the gop caucus. Who among your candidates do u think is qualified for this office? Cuz the all sound like the stoogies, they just want that position without sny plan. I dont know if u ever noticed, the candidate that can critisize Obama more always appare to be the front runner till they r put to the test and they drop like a hot potatos.
I'm from Massachusetts and I laugh at the cow-heads in New Hampshire. The ONLY thing they have is the stupid primary. How they whine and stamp their feet at the prospect of losing their precious once-every-four-years-10-minutes-in-the-spotlight. btw..no disrespect to cows.
More infighting among a group that is nothing more than a political deathcult.
Ha ha, no Christmas break for all the GOP candidates and staffers. Y'all did it to yourselves.