The Connecticut GOP’s Iowa caucus experiment for 2016 may be a pipe dream. A spokesman for the state’s top election official said Thursday that Republicans can’t unilaterally change from a presidential primary to a caucus, as some in the state’s minority party have been pushing to gain relevance nationally. “So talking to our attorneys, the state law would have to be changed because the law does prescribe a primary for the presidential preference for the parties,” said Av Harris, an aide to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. “The way it’s written in Connecticut, it says the party shall hold a primary. It doesn’t give the party the option.”
Merrill is a Democrat, just like every other statewide office holder in Connecticut, which moved by its presidential primaries from Super Tuesday in early February to the last Tuesday in April between the 2008 and 2012 elections.
By the time Republicans got around to casting ballots in 2012, Mitt Romney effectively had the nomination in the bag.