Posted: Wednesday, February 19th 2014 at 6:13pm
Ga. SOS Kemp proposes March 1st Prez primary
Atlanta - In January the Republican National Committee voted to condense the Primary calendar for candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the 2016 Presidential election.
Under the newly passed rules, the traditional four early voting states – Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina – will cast ballots in February of 2016. To protect the important role of these states in the nominating process, harsh sanctions will be levied against states that choose to hold early primaries or caucuses before March 2016.
While political handicappers postulate on how the new Primary calendar will impact would-be Presidential candidates, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is working towards a March 1 Primary for Georgia and is proposing a plan to ensure that the voice of the Southeastern United States is heard loud and clear at the ballot box.
Kemp released his plan today to make Georgia and other southern states key players in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Following the announcement of Kemp's Southeastern Regional "Super Tuesday" Primary proposal, Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett issued the following statements of support:
"I fully support Secretary Kemp's efforts to schedule Georgia's Presidential Preference Primary on March 1, 2016 and encourage my fellow State Party leaders throughout the South to do the same.
"For far too long, Georgia has been nothing more than a fundraising stop for candidates seeking their Party's nomination for President. The Southeastern Regional 'Super Tuesday' Primary will give Georgians a voice and provide our state with the national platform it deserves.
"Brian Kemp has been an outstanding and effective leader for our state and I applaud his initiative and foresight on this issue. He's making sure every Georgian's vote counts and our voices are heard all the way up to the White House."
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