GOP BACKTRACK: Convention Moved Back

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The Republican Party of Iowa is moving its convention date back to June with party leaders bowing to pressure from elected officials.

And after a 16 to 1 vote, Republicans will also now join Democrats in voting in primaries on June 3rd to choose a candidate for the 2014 Senate race.

Republicans had scheduled their convention for June 14th but last month the party voted to push back the date to July 12th.

Party Chairman A.J. Spiker said the extra time was needed to certify the caucus vote because there is no apparent front-runner in the Republican race.

But critics of the one-month delay said it would give likely Democratic nominee Bruce Braley a full month of campaigning and fundraising while Republicans waited to pick their candidate at the convention.

Spiker was facing calls for his removal as chairman from fellow Republicans for moving the date.

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