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Huntsman boycotting Vegas GOP debate

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman now says he'll boycott next week's GOP debate in Las Vegas and hold a town hall meeting in New Hampshire instead.

Friday's announcement came one day after Huntsman threatened not to campaign in Nevada if the state didn't change the date of its Jan. 14 presidential caucus.

He also accused rival Mitt Romney of trying to "game the system" by encouraging Nevada to move up its caucus date after Florida moved its primary to Jan. 31.

The schedule shakeup that followed has threatened New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary status, according to Huntsman.

"We call on all other campaigns to join us, avoiding typical hypocritical politics by paying lip service to New Hampshire, while campaigning in Nevada," Huntsman's campaign said in a statement.

Link: GOP candidates boycotting Nevada caucus

It's unknown if Huntsman will also skip his turn to speak at the Western Republican Leadership Conference, which will be held Oct. 18-21 at The Venetian.

Fellow GOP candidate Newt Gingrich is also scheduled to speak at the event. Gingrich also said Thursday that he'll boycott Nevada to protect New Hampshire's interests.

Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum also jumped on the boycott bandwagon.

The four candidates are all polling behind frontrunner Romney, who easily won the 2008 Nevada caucus with more than 50 percent of the vote.

FOX5 wants to know what you think of the scheduling controversy and whether the candidates' actions will influence your vote.

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