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Newt Gingrich joins protest over Nevada caucus

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Newt Gingrich has joined the protest over Nevada's Jan. 14 caucus date, saying he will not compete in a state holding its presidential contest within one week of the New Hampshire primary.

Gingrich's position is similar to that of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, and both candidates singled out rival Mitt Romney in their statements.

Romney has been accused of manipulating the primary schedule, which was thrown into upheaval when Florida pushed its primary date to Jan. 31.

Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina reacted by moving their contests to Jan. 3, Jan. 14 and Jan. 21, respectively.

That left New Hampshire with a tentative Jan. 10 date for its first-in-the-nation primary. But state law says the election can't be within seven days of another contest, and Secretary of State William Gardner has threatened to move the primary to December.

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When Nevada's 2008 caucus was moved to Jan. 19, it was held the same day as South Carolina's primary. Romney won the contest with more than 50 percent of the vote, while the eventual GOP nominee -- Sen. John McCain -- came in third.

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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