Nevada sets caucus for January 14

Story highlights

  • The move comes days after Florida declares its primary date for January 31
  • Florida's decision was against Republican National Committee rules
Nevada GOP chairwoman Amy Tarkanian announced late Wednesday the state will hold its presidential caucus on January 14, further sliding the voting season closer to the holiday season.
"I'm extremely pleased to finally have a firm date for a caucus that will greatly improve Nevada's standing and relevance in terms of national politics," Tarkanian said in a statement.
The move comes days after Florida, against Republican National Committee rules, declared its primary date for January 31, ahead of the already-scheduled March 6 start date for the primary and caucus season.
Nevada, along with the other three starting states -- Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina -- had warned that it would hold onto its traditional early voting status.
"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," Tarkanian said.
Also pushing ahead of Florida, South Carolina's GOP announced Monday that it would hold its primary on January 21.
New Hampshire and Iowa, which hold the nation's first primary and caucuses, respectively, have yet to declare their dates, but announcements are expected soon.
"I don't know when we'll be, but it won't be four days ahead of Nevada," New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner told CNN on Monday, adding that he would wait until Nevada's GOP made an announcement.
New Hampshire's presidential primary election statute requires the state's primary to be held at least seven days before the next contest.
The Iowa caucuses typically precede New Hampshire's primary by five days.