Four Republican presidential candidates have said they could boycott Nevada’s Republican presidential nominating caucus as pressure mounts on the state to push back the contest.

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum announced they might skip the Nevada event to support New Hampshire’s traditional status as an early primary state.

Nevada and New Hampshire are among four states authorized by the Republican National Committee to hold the first contests on the road to choosing a nominee to face Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election.

Aiming to protect the state’s status, Nevada Republicans pushed up their caucus by more than a month to Jan. 14 after Florida bumped ahead its primary in a move that left the nominating process in turmoil.

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