Off to the races. The Iowa GOP has set the official date for their precinct caucuses. According to a a press statement, the “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 time).”
“On behalf of over 600,000 Iowa Republicans, I’m excited to announce the first step Iowans will have to replace Barack Obama and his failed presidency will be next January 3 at our First in the Nation Iowa Caucuses,” said Strawn. “A January 3 date provides certainty to the voters, to our presidential candidates, and to the thousands of statewide volunteers who make the Caucus process a reflection of the very best of our representative democracy.”
Unlike the the Iowa Straw Poll, won by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, the Iowa caucuses are statewide.
I spoke with Tim Moran of the Iowa GOP State Central Committee back in August during the Iowa Straw poll and he explained, “They are going to begin what is called a caucus convention process where they put together their proposal for a platform for our party which is something we do every two years. And in the middle of that meeting at 7pm There’s a preferential presidential poll and that’s what everybody watches.”
Strawn also expressed solidarity with his counterparts in New Hampshire, “I will do everything in my power on the RNC to hold Florida accountable for creating this mess, but the culpability for creating a compressed January calendar does not end there.