WASHINGTON (CNN) - The South Carolina Republican Party will announce Thursday that it is moving its primary to Jan. 19, in an effort to preserve its status as the first Southern state to cast a vote in the 2008 GOP presidential nominating contest, well placed South Carolina Republicans tell CNN.
GOP Chairman Katon Dawson will reveal the new primary date at a late morning news conference in Concord, New Hampshire, which is nearly 1,000 miles north of his own state capital.
The location was purposely chosen to show that these two states are united in their unique roles in helping to choose the next president of the United States. Several New Hampshire political types are expected to attend the news briefing.
- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston