When it comes to presidential politics, it’s not enough for some Nevada politicos to be first in the West: A bill proposed today in the state Legislature would move Nevada’s presidential nominating system to first in the nation. The bill, proposed by Assemblymen John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, and Stephen Silberkraus, R-Henderson, would change the Nevada Republican and Democrat presidential caucuses in February to a primary election in January. The bill also calls for moving Nevada’s June primary for all other races to January, too. The goal is to put all eyes on Nevada by making it the first state in 2016 to choose its presidential contenders.
It also changes both parties’ current caucus system — more like a town hall meeting that a fervent few tend to participate in — to a primary election, where a wider swath of voters cast ballots at their polling location.
The proposal, however, is coming under fire from both parties.
Nevada Democrats say it protects Republican incumbents by giving Democrats less time to campaign.
Some Nevada Republicans, who are generally supportive of switching to a primary, are concerned that holding it in January would break the party’s national rules.