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Dems. Propose Later Date For Iowa Caucuses

DES MOINES (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Democrats are proposing pushing back the date of the Iowa Caucuses. The Democratic National Committee today proposed February 1st as the date for the 2016 caucuses.

Under the proposed rules, Iowa will maintain its "first in the nation" status, and would still be followed by New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.

This calendars falls within the framework the Republican National Committee set forth during their meeting in February. The recommended dates will be sent to the full DNC for approval later this year.

Following the announcement, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan said, "Following years of tradition, the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee proposed Iowa remain First in the Nation and kick off the presidential nominating season on February 1, 2016.This proposal helps ensure the vitality of the caucuses and we thank the Rules and Bylaws Committee for their recognition of the special role Iowa plays along with our fellow early states of New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina in selecting our next president."

"The Iowa caucuses will continue to remain a neighborhood gathering where friends and neighbors from all different backgrounds come together to fight for the values that are important to our communities and moving our state and country forward.  Iowa Democrats believe this country is greater when we work together and give everyone the opportunity to participate in open, fair and accessible elections, and our caucuses will continue to be a reflection of that commitment."
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