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Louisiana GOP says yea to a '00 caucus, nay to voting on Net

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) -- Louisiana's Republican leaders decided Saturday to hold a 2000 presidential caucus one week ahead of Iowa's traditional first-in-the-nation caucus.

But the question of whether the Republican National Committee would recognize the caucus was not addressed by the 160 Republicans who gathered for the vote.Instead, they spent much of the time arguing over and eventually rejecting a competing proposal for Louisiana to hold the country's first-ever presidential primary with Internet voting. Internet-ballot supporters walked out in a protest and said they would file a lawsuit to reverse the vote.

The proposal for the Louisiana caucus did not specify a date but said it would be held a week before Iowa's. In 1996, Louisiana held a caucus ahead of Iowa's, but most candidates shunned it.