A Resolution has been circulating within NC GOP County Conventions with a number already passed. The resolution is to “Change the Date of the Presidential Primary to March 1, 2016 or later”. Quoting the resolution: “the North Carolina General Assembly has separated the scheduled date of the Presidential Primary Election from other scheduled Republican Primaries for questionable purposes, which incidentally may cost North Carolina taxpayers millions of dollars to finance two Primary Elections in One Year….”.
The North Carolina Presidential Primary could be a decisive one and if it goes off as planned on Tuesday, February 16th our delegation to the Republican National Convention will drop from 72 delegates to 12 delegates. That’s a BIG deal! This is because RNC rules only allow four states a February primary. Currently, they are Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The rule states “Any state that violates this rule by conducting a February primary will forfeit all but 12 delegates. There are no exceptions, and North Carolina remains out of compliance with this rule.”
So true conservative members of the NC Republican Party are lobbying the NCGA “to re-establish that all Primary Elections in a calendar year be confined to one date after March 1st, 2016.” The current NCGOP Chair, Claude Pope, has pushed for this, as well as, many hard working County Chairpersons, District Chairpersons and Executive Committee members. This is a crucial move, a must. The grassroots movement that worked to put these legislators in their current seats have worked too hard to see our hard work diminished in this way. Right now the bus isn’t moving, there has been no bill introduced to correct this obvious problem. Why is that?