MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The first stop on the road to the
Republican presidential nomination will now be in Iowa in just 10
New Hampshire GOP officials won't be moving their primary up to
December, because party officials in Nevada have reconsidered their
plan to move their caucus up a couple of weeks in the calendar, to
mid-January. It'll now be scheduled for the first week in February.
Iowa is planning to keep its caucus date of Jan 3.
Nevada's shift ensures that the state won't suffer the penalties
that are expected for states that violate party rules by jumping
ahead to boost their influence in the nominating process.
And Nevada Republicans may also have earned themselves some
perks. The state GOP chairwoman says as part of negotiations in
recent days, the Republican National Committee promised Nevada
delegates that they could sit "in the best positions" at the
convention and get some prime hotel space if they made the change.
Former Nevada Gov. Bob List, a national Republican committeeman, says it's a "win-win." He says candidates want to be able to campaign in Nevada without pressure from New Hampshire to stay away.
With the calendar set, a New Hampshire Republican operative is
predicting that "you'll see the campaigns ramp up very quickly."