One more early state has set their date for crowning a Republican presidential nominee, but rather than setting the calendar more firmly, it may send it further into chaos.
Nevada has just announced that it will be holding its “first in the West” caucus on January 14th, one week before South Carolina’s “first in the South” primary. Both states have moved their nomination process far up in the primary calendar to compete with Florida, who rattled all the states by announcing a January 31st primary date.
Nevada Republican Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian called the move “absolutely in the best interest of the state,” saying, “By establishing this date, we maintain Nevada’s standing as one of the first four ‘carve-out’ states and as the very first in the west.”
Moving their caucus up to January 14th will currently put the state in violation of a New Hampshire law that declares the Northeastern state will not hold its primary within seven days from the following contest. Although the state has not picked a date for their “first in the country” primary, in order to fulfill that rule the state will have to pick January 3rd as a primary date if it wishes to stay on a Tuesday. By default, that would then push Iowa into December, which the Midwestern caucus state is hoping to avoid if at all possible. However, Iowa said it will do whatever is necessary to go first.
New Hampshire will not pick their date for at least 11 more days, saying there really is no need. Meanwhile, Iowa has stated it may not wait for New Hampshire to settle on one before claiming their own date on the calendar.
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