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Huntsman threatens to boycott Nev. caucus

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will boycott Nevada's presidential caucus if the state "continues to jeopardize New Hampshire's primary date," the Republican's campaign announced Thursday.

The announcement added to the controversy over the Republican primary and caucus schedule, which was shaken up when Florida moved its contest to Jan. 31.

The decision prompted other early primary/caucus states to change their schedules.

Huntsman's campaign and former Sen. Rick Santorum -- another GOP candidate -- have both hinted that rival Mitt Romney played a role in changing Nevada's caucus date to Jan. 14.

Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Mitt Romney told FOX5's Maryann Martinez, "Gov. Romney is competing in every other nominating contest across the country -- whenever they are scheduled. It is up to each state to determine the date of their primary or caucus, and Gov. Romney has consistently supported Nevada's status as an early nominating contest that follows New Hampshire."

New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner has already threatened to move his state's primary to December if Nevada didn't move its date.

But Nevada won't budge, and Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement Thursday saying, "This issue is really about Florida, not Nevada. Perhaps [Gardner] should be asking Florida to change its position."

Despite his boycott threats, Huntsman still plans to appear at a GOP debate in Las Vegas next week.

FOX5 wants to know what you think about the controversy. Should Nevada reach a compromise with New Hampshire, and does any of this change the way you'd vote in the caucus.

Send your comments to Facebook and The RANT. You can see the responses on FOX5 News at 10.

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