Iowa's Republican Party announces the 2024 presidential caucus date

July 9, 2023
Charlotte Tyler

The Iowa Republican Party voted unanimously to designate the date for the 2024 Iowa Republican Caucus as January 15, 2024.

In a draft of their delegate selection plan, Iowa Democrats proposed conducting their caucuses for 2024 on the same day as Iowa Republicans, as The Washington Examiner reported.

Despite a proposal proposed by President Joe Biden last year and approved by the Democratic National Committee in February, Iowa will continue to host the first caucuses in the nation.

"After our state legislature and governor took needed action earlier this year to preempt Iowa Democrats' plans to derail the Iowa Caucus by running a de facto primary election instead," Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said in a press release.

"We are also proud to affirm that Iowa will continue to honor our half-century-old promises to the other carveout states."

Democrats' Take

The 2024 presidential nominating schedule remains ambiguous for both Democrats and Republicans, as members of each party continue to dispute with the DNC and Biden over state selections.

"The Democratic party looks like America, and so does this proposal," said Democratic National Committee chairman Jaime Harrison at the party's conference in February 2023, before the plan was approved.

Since former President Jimmy Carter placed the Iowa Caucus on the map in 1976, Iowa has been a crucial early stop for every presidential candidate.

Iowa will be represented at the Republican National Convention by forty delegates, who will be distributed proportionally to the state's vote.

"We remain 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 said.

The Upcoming Election

Since commencing her campaign in February, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley has hosted more than two dozen events in Iowa.

Former Vice President Mike Pence began his presidential campaign for 2024 in Iowa last month.

By far the most highly anticipated matchup between Republicans is that of former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The pair have been sparring online for weeks, even since before DeSantis officially announced his candidacy.

Because Trump is the frontrunner among Republicans it is thought likely that the former president and his 2020 Democrat opponent, Biden, will once again be the two names on the one and only national race in the upcoming 2024 presidential election.

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