Iowa GOP officials set date for the Republican caucuses: Jan. 3
Iowa GOP leaders, instead of waiting until they know exactly what date New Hampshire will pick, voted to rein in the calendar chaos by locking in a date for the Republican caucuses here.
The Republican Party of Iowa central committee voted unanimously tonight in favor of Jan. 3, with a 7 p.m. start time, Chairman Matt Strawn said.
Iowa and New Hampshire, traditionally the one-two-punch that kick off the state-by-state process of selecting a presidential nominee, had already set their dates for February, but a high-stakes reshuffling began when Florida last month broke party rules and leapfrogged ahead.
Strawn in a statement tonight said: “I will do everything in my power on the (Republican National Committee) to hold Florida accountable for creating this mess, but the culpability for creating a compressed January calendar does not end there.