Eight Republican presidential candidates qualify for Virgin Islands caucus as date is announced

Eight Republican 2024 presidential candidates have qualified for the Virgin Islands GOP caucus, which has been scheduled for the beginning of February.
The Republican Party in the Virgin Islands Chairman Gordon Ackley announced that the caucus would occur on Feb. 8, positioning the territory as the third overall GOP contest after the caucus in Iowa and the primary in New Hampshire.
“The Virgin Islands caucus will be a free, fair, and honest election,” Ackley said in a statement. “Preferential, or ranked-choice, voting gives every candidate a level playing field to compete and earn a majority of the vote.”
The candidates who qualified for the caucus are former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND), Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, businessman Perry Johnson, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and former President Donald Trump.
Those who qualified did so by a Sept. 30 filing deadline, according to the Virgin Islands Republican Party. Other candidates who have not qualified, such as former Vice President Mike Pence and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, can qualify before Jan. 1, 2024.
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