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Colorado Republicans move primary behind Iowa



A plan by Colorado Republicans to move up their 2012 presidential caucuses to the day after the Iowa caucus has won final approval, the Associated Press reported.

The Republican Central Committee voted Saturday to move the caucus from March 6 to Feb. 7.

The decision jumbles the primary picture, including in Florida where Republicans will decide next week when to hold their election. Gov. Rick Scott wants to hold the primary in February on a day when no other state has an election. That would violate Republican National Committee rules and potentially cost the state delegates to the national convention in Tampa.  

Colorado GOP chairman Ryan Call said the earlier date could give Colorado a greater voice in the Republican presidential contest. State Republicans also shifted their caucus date in 2008.

Colorado can make the change without penalty from the Republican National Committee because the caucus doesn’t determine delegates. That process is in April.

All states must submit caucus plans to the Republican National Committee by Oct. 1.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 24, 2011 7:41pm]


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