Mark your calendars.
Nevada Republicans Wednesday evening set Jan. 14 for the GOP presidential caucuses here, clearing the way for New Hampshire and Iowa to schedule their traditional first-in-the nation voting dates.
The new Nevada date ensures the Silver State will hold the first 2012 vote in the West, following the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary and before the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary.
“I’m extremely pleased to finally have a firm date for a caucus that will greatly improve Nevada’s standing and relevance in terms of national politics,” Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian said in a statement. “By establishing this date, we maintain Nevada’s standing as one of the first four ‘carve-out’ states and as the very first in the West.”