Nevada eyes Feb. 4 caucus date
October 19th, 2011
10:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Nevada eyes Feb. 4 caucus date

(CNN) - Nevada might move its caucus date when state Republican leaders meet Saturday, potentially ending a bitter showdown with New Hampshire that threatens to create chaos in the primary calendar.

The Nevada Republican Party's executive committee will consider moving the state caucus from the currently scheduled January 14 to February 4, a Saturday, two Republican sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

Nevada has come under tremendous pressure to move its caucus date because of New Hampshire. That state wants to be second on the nominating calendar, and says there is no acceptable date if Iowa goes on January 3 and Nevada goes on January 14. New Hampshire law says there must be seven days between its primary and similar contests.

Nevada Republican consultant Robert Uithoven has been talking to state activists about the date and the possible change.

"I think there is a good chance Nevada will move back to February 4," Uithoven told CNN.

He said the big motivator is a threat by the Republican National Committee that Nevada would lose half its delegates if it goes with January 14. The state would hope to avoid any sanction by going with the February date, but still remain a key early state in the nominating process.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who was in Nevada this week for the Western Republican Leadership Conference, has been talking to state party officials to help work out a solution and favors moving the date to February 4, one GOP source told CNN.

RNC spokesman Sean Spicer would not confirm that.

"We are working with all of the states to achieve an orderly process," Spicer said.

-Follow Kevin Bohn on Twitter: @KevinBohnCNN

Filed under: Nevada • Primary Calendar
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    WHY do the Republicans do this every election???? Is it for the attention??

    October 19, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. kat

    Hey Nevada, Wake up ! You keep re electing idiots like Harry Ried and you think we will still come to Vegas, I love Vegas, but I refuse to go again until you all wake up. You get what you deserve, Housing crisis, High Unemployment and tourism way down. Wake up.

    October 20, 2011 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  3. If I had a penny for every stupid Republican I'd be rich!

    New Hampshire could change the law, but the little insignificant state is having a tantrum. IA, N.H., S.C. NV all have too much influence in the presidential selection process.

    October 20, 2011 03:10 am at 3:10 am |