North Carolina Republicans could lose convention delegates and clout determining their party’s presidential nominee unless the date of next year’s primary is pushed back. Some House GOP legislators are trying to do just that.
The House Elections Committee scheduled a Tuesday meeting to consider a bill that would set the 2016 presidential primary for March 8.
A state law passed in 2013 moved the primary from May to February. National Republicans have since told states not to hold primaries in February to avoid interfering with primary contests in four traditionally early states, including South Carolina.
The bill sponsor is Rep. David Lewis – the election committee’s co-chairman and a Republican National Committee member. Any bill would still have to pass the Senate, where Republicans haven’t been enthusiastic about a change.
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