Des Moines – Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn tonight made the following statement after the Party’s State Central Committee approved a motion to hold Iowa’s First in the Nation Precinct Caucuses on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Iowa’s precinct caucuses, which occur at over 1,700 precinct locations across the Hawkeye state, are best-known for the presidential preference poll that occurs along with traditional party organizing activities such as the election of precinct committeemen and platform discussions.
Reported by Perry Campaign
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Republicans have tentatively decided to hold the state’s leadoff presidential caucuses on Jan. 3 and Democrats will follow suit, party leaders said today.
Drew Ivers, a member of the Republican State Central Committee, said that panel held a telephone conference late Thursday to map out plans for the caucus calendar.
“We had a pretty strong consensus that the date should be Jan. 3 and the chairman should make that public on Monday,” Ivers said in a telephone interview.
Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn plans to spend the weekend talking with his counterparts in New Hampshire to coordinate the date of the lead-off caucuses in Iowa and the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire.
Strawn said there was a strong consensus on the governing board that the caucuses needed be held in January and not move into the holiday season.
Iowa is changing its date after Nevada decided to hold its caucuses in mid-January.
“The broad direction I was given by my executive committee was to do everything in my power to hold the caucuses in January, but also continuing to work with our friends in New Hampshire,” said Strawn. “Every four years Iowa and New Hampshire are attacked by other states that are very jealous of the opportunity we have to start the presidential nominating process.”
Strawn declined to confirm specifically that Jan. 3 was the date settled on, though Ivers made it clear that was the decision.