Caucuses at Christmas? It’s an ever-more real possibility after Nevada on Thursday became the latest state to move up its nominating contest despite party efforts to delay the start of the process.
The calendar jockeying began last week with Florida’s decision to set its primary for Jan. 31, more than a month before Republican Party rules allowed. State Republicans wanted to ensure their voters were fifth in the presidential pecking order behind Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
In response, South Carolina moved its first-in-the-South primary to Jan. 21. On Wednesday night, the executive committee of the Nevada Republican Party set their caucuses for Jan. 14.
“We felt that it was important for the voters of Nevada to have the opportunity to have our voice heard early,” former Gov. Robert List, a member of the committee, said in an interview. “This little state that used to be a flyover state on the way to California has become a significant factor in national politics, and we enjoy that role.”