The Iowa GOP declared to hold the 2024 Presidential caucus a little earlier than the last two caucus elections.
Here is what you need to know about the news.
Iowa Republicans To Hold 2024 Presidential Caucuses On January 15
Following a vote from Iowa’s state Republican Party central committee on Saturday, Iowa Republicans announced that they will hold its first-in-the-nation Presidential caucus on January 15, 2024, Monday, the federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
During the announcement, Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said, “The party is committed to maintaining Iowa’s cherished first-in-the-nation caucuses, and look forward to holding a historic caucus in the coming months and defeating Joe Biden come November 2024. ”
Kaufmann also noted that he feels secure about the state’s first-in-the-nation status after discussions with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
Kaufmann said, “I checked with the RNC, with RNC legal, with Ronna herself, who certainly set Iowa up to be first in the nation again by naming me chair of that commission. And so I feel very secure right now that no states will attempt to do that.”
The announcement puts the first votes of the 2024 Presidential election about three weeks earlier than the past two primary cycles.
Also, it is earlier than 2020 and 2016, when the caucuses were held on the first Monday in February.
Republican Presidential candidates have been heavily campaigning in the state since last winter to gain recognition amongst the Republican votes.
The most notable 2024 hopefuls who appeared in Iowa last week include Former President and Republican front-runner Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Miami Mayor Francis Saurez, and radio host Larry Elder. The Republican second leading runner, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also appeared in the state in May.
As per the news, Republicans maintain the general framework for their 2024 Presidential Primaries that they have employed in past years amongst the GOP’s early-voting states, first Iowa, second New Hampshire‘s primary, followed by Nevada‘s, and then South Carolina.
Caucuses are planned, financed, and carried out by respective parties, not state election officials like primaries. When asked about the selection of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the upcoming caucus election, Kaufmann replied,” January 15 was the earliest, most natural date for Iowa. I think the fact that it is a federal holiday and I think the fact that, as Republicans, we see this as honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King in terms of having a caucus here. Certainly, both of those advantages were a part of our conversation. ”
While Republicans released their date for the 2024 caucus in a strong battlefield, the date for Iowa’s 2024 Democratic presidential caucuses has yet to be declared after state Democrats decided to break the tradition.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) decided to drop Iowa as its first-in-the-nation contest and shift the status to South Carolina, making the state’s primary the party-first approved in nominating the contest of 2024, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada on the same day.
Nonetheless, intra-party conflicts in some states and Republican control in others have made the implementation of the DNC’s news calendar difficult.
Kaufmann blamed U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday for repealing Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status and said, “Biden thumbed his nose at Iowa Democrats and Iowans.”
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