Des Moines Register: Iowa caucuses moved to January 24, 2000
October 14, 1999
Web posted at: 6:00 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT)
DES MOINES, Iowa (Des Moines Register) -- Iowa political officials announced today they have set the date for the 2000 presidential caucuses in Iowa for Monday, Jan. 24.
Kayne Robinson, the chairman of the Iowa GOP, told a press conference
he will ask the party's state central committee to approve changing
the date from Jan. 31 to Jan. 24.
Kim Warkentin, the executive director of the Iowa Democratic party,
said the rules committee of the Democratic National Committee must
approve the change today and "we're pretty confident everyone is
going to vote for the date change." She said "we're saying the same thing" as the Republicans.
The change in dates is being made in order to stay eight days ahead
of the New Hampshire primary, which is now scheduled for Feb. 1.
Everyone expected that primary to be set for Feb. 8, but the secretary
of state there surprised everyone by setting the date of the New Hampshire primary for Feb. 1.
Robinson said the Knapp Center at Drake University would serve as
the reporting center for Republican results. Democrats said their
caucus night center will be at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. Robinson
said the change in dates will require some juggling of hotels and convention space in the city.
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