LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is endorsing
Nevada's jump ahead in the Republican presidential nominating
calendar and is telling New Hampshire to back off.
A Reid aide told The Associated Press Tuesday that Nevada Democrats will also move their caucus date to Jan. 14 in solidarity
with Nevada Republicans, and state Democratic chairwoman Roberta
Lange confirmed the change in date.
Reid is hoping to persuade Nevada Republicans to preserve their date despite a call to delay the contest from New Hampshire leaders. The secretary of state is threatening to hold New Hampshire's primary in early December unless Nevada moves its caucuses back.
Jon Huntsman and four other candidates say they will boycott Nevada's contest unless it's delayed. Huntsman has also declined
Reid released the following statement in support of the Nevada State Democratic Party’s decision to move Nevada’s Democratic caucuses to January 14th:
“I applaud the Nevada State Democratic Party for taking this decisive step to join in the fight to protect Nevada’s early vote status. After working so hard to ensure our state plays a key role in Presidential elections, I hope today’s announcement will strengthen the resolve of those under pressure to place that status in jeopardy.”
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