Iowa GOP Schedules Jan. 3 Presidential Caucuses

By: Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press
By: Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Iowa Republicans are holding their state's
presidential nominating caucuses on Jan. 3, even though New
Hampshire is threatening to move its traditional
first-in-the-nation primary into December.

Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn says voters and
candidates need the certainty of a firm date.

Florida's decision last month to move its primary to Jan. 31 set
off a chain reaction by early-voting states to preserve their
leadoff status.

New Hampshire's chief election official says Nevada's decision
this month to hold caucuses Jan. 14 would crowd the primary, and
has threatened to hold his before the holidays.

Strawn admits the Iowa GOP board's vote Monday puts his state at
risk of falling behind New Hampshire. But he points to 2008 when
Iowa went Jan. 3, followed by New Hampshire Jan. 8.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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