In an overwhelming vote made today, South Carolina Republicans have secured the 2016 “First in the South” Republican Presidential Primary. The Primary will take place February 2016, and under new Republican Presidential Committee (RNC) rules approved by the full committee, only South Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada will hold contests in February.
According to a release, states that “jump” ahead of the four early states will be severely penalized.
The vote was spurred by last year’s RNC “Growth and Opportunity Project” and it includes new RNC rules that will significantly shorten the Republican presidential nominating calendar.
The South Carolina National Committeeman Glenn McCall, who was contributory in drafting the “Growth and Opportunity Project” said, “The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in late June or early July, giving the eventual nominee more time to access general election funds. This important reform strikes a great balance between a constructive nominating process and giving our nominee more time to compete in the general election.”