LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Republicans have decided to shift the date of the state’s presidential caucuses back to February 4th and avoid penalties from the national party for meddling with the election calendar.

It was only about two weeks ago when state party leaders set Jan. 14 for the nominating contest. They said moving the date from February would still give the state a big early role in determining the nominee.

But the move jumbled the election calendar and led New Hampshire to threaten to move its contest to the December holiday season.

Nevada’s January date also risked violating national party rules on nominating contests and the state could have lost delegates to the convention next year.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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