Compiled by Matt Long
South Carolina will get to keep its “First in the South” primary for the next presidential race. State GOP Chair Karen Floyd announced Friday that the Republican National Committee passed a new rule that prevents any state from holding its primary before Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. The new ruling means the party’s primary in the Palmetto State would likely be at the end of February in 2012.
According to the rule, if another state tries to hold a primary before March, South Carolina’s Republican Party could move their own primary back without having to get permission from the state legislature.
Another rule change requires states voting in March to award their delegates proportionally instead of the current “winner-take-all” method. The idea is to extend the primary and states with later primaries would have more say in the process.