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Early States' GOP, Including N.H. GOP, Opposes Nevada As 1st Presidential Primary

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Vice President Mike Pence filed paperwork Nov. 7, 2019 to officially place President Donald Trump's name on the 2020 N.H. Republican Presidential Primary ballot.

Republicans in the four early presidential nominating states are jointly opposing a Democratic push in Nevada to make the Western state the first to hold a primary.

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GOP chairs Jeff Kaufmann of Iowa, Stephen Stepanek of New Hampshire, Michael McDonald of Nevada and Drew McKissick of South Carolina say in a statement issued Tuesday they want to preserve the historic schedule, which has led off with Iowa's caucus followed by New Hampshire's primary.

The move comes as a bill that would push Nevada up from from the third-in-line caucus state to the first-in-the-nation primary sits on Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak's desk. Sisolak supports the effort.

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