The Republican National Committee announced on Thursday that its 2016 national convention will be held from July 18th through 21st in 2016. After selecting Cleveland, Ohio, as the site of the convention last year, the RNC said that the convention could have been held as early as June 28th.
The July 18th start date, while a month earlier than in 2012, will compress the caucus to convention calendar in Iowa. If the caucuses are held on Monday, February 1st as currently planned, that leaves only five months for Iowa Republicans to implement their caucus to convention process when you consider that delegates to the national convention must be turned into the RNC 45 days in advance of the national convention.
Here is what the Iowa caucus to convention calendar may end up looking like.
Monday, February 1, 2016 – Iowa Caucuses
Saturday, March 5, 2016 – County Convention
Sunday, March 27, 2016 – Easter
Saturday, April 12, 2016 – District Convention
Saturday, May 14, 2016 – State Convention
Friday, June 3, 2016 – Turn in Delegates to RNC
Monday, July 18, 2016 – Republican National Convention
To be honest, it could be much worse. Compressing the caucus to convention process will require the Republican Party of Iowa and its county GOP organizations to be well organized, and it would be wise to have the locations for the county, district, and state conventions already locked up in advance of the caucuses.
On a positive note, compressing the convention calendar may actually keep more people and candidates engaged. It’s also nice that it is possible not to have conventions on Mothers or Fathers Day weekends.