GOP Follows Dem Lead, Recommends 2012 Primary Season Start In March

Following the lead of the Democratic Change Commission, the Republicans' Temporary Delegate Selection Committee recommended Tuesday that no state hold their presidential nominating contest prior to the first Tuesday in March, 2012 [Smith, Ben (2010-5-11).  Early states prevailPolitico.  Retrieved on 2010-5-12.].

Nineteen states, according to research done by Josh Putnam at Frontloading HQ, would have to move their primaries or caucuses back to the first Tuesday in March or face sanctions by the Democratic and Republican national committees. 

The small states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina --four states whose combined electoral votes are less than 5% of the total electoral college-- continue to maintain their preferential status.  Except that their presidential nominating contests must not be held any earlier than February 1, 2012.

The recommendations of both the Democratic Change Commission and the RNC Temporary Delegate Selection Committee still have to be approved by each respective national party committee.  Expect a slew of legislation from states moving their primary or caucus back after the DNC and RNC signs off on the new calendar.

Looking ahead, the Democratic and Republican national committees are finalizing the delegate selection rules for 2012.  Once those rules are adopted later this summer,  they will be forwarded to the states for use in formulating their delegate selection plans.  The states will then adopt their delegate selection plans in the summer of 2011.

Tags: Democrats, Republicans, Election 2012, delegate selection (all tags)


1 Comment

Not gonna happen

We'll see if it works. I doubt it does. I'll bet that the Repblicans are pretty hands off though, if states do jump ahead; they've shown little inclination for sanctions in the past. I'll doubt too, that Kaine has much of a say in getting the Democratic primaries moved either.

The only solution is to let states go wherever they want to go, and quit trying to pretend that the DNC and RNC should be able to tell the states when they have their primaries and caucuses. Surely there are some now, who argued the reverse in 2008, that can look back and see the folly of sanctions that place DNC committees ahead of states in deciding whether votes count or not.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-05-12 07:32AM | 0 recs


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