DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republicans on Tuesday rescheduled their presidential nominating caucuses to Jan. 3 in response to other states scheduling early contests.

"With under 80 days to go, this is a huge help to our counties and county chairs to get the ball rolling and start organizing," Chuck Laudner, executive director of the Iowa GOP, said in a statement.

The announcement came late Tuesday after the state central committee, two national committee members and the party chairman approved the date on a conference call.