The Iowa Republican and Democratic parties are expected to set a date for their caucuses early next week, sources tell CBS News. Though members of the state GOP committee met last Friday, the meeting was informal and did not yield an official recommendation regarding a caucus date, a source in the state said. The two dates being considered are Jan. 3 and Jan. 5, 2008.
Sources in both parties characterize the relationship between Iowa Democrats and Republicans as cooperative, and say they are working together to set a date for the caucuses. Iowa's contest is expected to be the first statewide nominating contest in the nation, and many of the front-runners are campaigning in the state this week.