Brewer won’t hold Arizona primary in January
September 2nd, 2011
07:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Brewer won’t hold Arizona primary in January

(CNN) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer won't be holding the state's presidential primary in January, Brewer's spokesman told CNN.

Despite Republican National Committee rules, Brewer had been threatening to move the primary to Jan. 31, ahead of the already scheduled start of the caucus and primary season on Feb. 6 in Iowa.

"The option is still there to have something early in the process," her spokesman Matthew Benson said, but added January is no longer in the picture.

The date is currently set for February 28, which is also out of RNC compliance, as all states except for the first four early voting states–Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina–are prohibited from holding a primary or caucus before March 6.

The RNC warns that her state would lose half its delegates if she chooses to move the primary before the March date.

But Friday, she announced that Arizona has been preliminarily awarded a presidential debate sanctioned by the RNC, and she opted to “keep [her] options open” for the time being in terms of picking a primary date.

“With whatever date I choose, my goal remains the same as ever: to provide Arizona voters the biggest possible platform with which to impact the presidential nomination process. In such a critical election, this is a decision that is owed careful consideration,” she said in a statement.

Benson said that Brewer is "very optimistic" Arizona will get the debate, and said there was no quid pro quo on the debate and the primary date.

"The two are not tied in that way," Benson said.

The RNC maintained Friday that the debate is tentative until Arizona becomes compliant.

"The debate committee tentatively sanctioned a debate pending a formal proposal from Arizona that meets the guidelines of the debate committee and receives their approval," Sean Spicer, RNC communications director in a statement.

Saturday would have been the deadline to announce whether she wanted the January 31 date.

Had she decided to move up the primary, the shift would have significantly jumbled the upcoming voting season. The first four early voting states would have been compelled to move up their dates, as well.

Florida, Georgia, Minnesota and other states are also considering a primary date change.

"She recognizes and takes to heart some of the concerns about upsetting the proverbial apple cart," Benson said, referring to the primary calendar. "She doesn't want to be the reason that some of these primaries were pushed into December and some of the holidays."


- CNN’s Kevin Bohn, Peter Hamby and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Jan Brewer • Primary Calendar
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Norm

    There's no way a person like this should have any kind of influence over the rest of the country.
    Arizona nut jobs elected her....not me.

    September 2, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    me me me mem - look at me! I'm still here! look at me!

    Sara and Michelle are getting all the attention - look at me

    September 2, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. Ed Texas

    Oh no, she's starting to act like Palin. Can't decide on this or that expect if it is gonna benefit the people putting money in her pocket.

    September 2, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Maybe it will be the date her insane rapist son will be released from the mental institution in Phoenix, but that isn't going to happen after 24 years he's been there.

    September 2, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. The Real American patriot

    We won't vote for you demons, no matter what date you choose.

    September 2, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    ONE date for all and for all ONE DATE!!! Jeez!!!

    September 2, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    Just another right wing republican who is confused by her power and wants more!

    September 2, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. d

    Why? who cares? really...we are not lemmings we can decide who we want to vote for anytime before or after...maybe jan is seeing the writing on the wall and the gop are going down!

    September 2, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. Larry L

    The loss of delegates from Arizona is no loss. This state isn't just red – it's blood red. Politics from Arizona represents a hateful, bigoted, and narrow-minded segment of the Republican Party that looks more like the Nazi Party than the Party of Lincoln. The Witch of the West running the place typifies the old, angry, fearful, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-diversity, anti-science, bigoted right-wingers in control of Arizona. Let them have a primary tomorrow and then throw the results in the trash.

    September 2, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. FIELD1stSGT

    Why should she? It's hers and her states business.

    September 2, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. CTSadler

    That's a shame since Arizona is the PERFECT state to kick off the Republican crazy-off.

    September 2, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The wingnut implosion continues.

    September 3, 2011 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  13. Marie MD

    arizona . . . . . . the western sc!! Sad, so, so sad.

    September 3, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    It's amazing how certain crazies on the right like to make fun of a female politician's appearance (sexism) yet while they make fun of Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton they keep forgetting the skeletons in their own political closet. Nice pic!

    September 3, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  15. Ron

    She's going to raffle off a long rifle instead!

    September 3, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. seneca

    These primary power grabs are idiotic. She moves her date up so Arizona 'counts' in the primary, so the states that are usually first will move up thiers so she won't count. Basically there are primary votes in every state in a sequence and if the republican or democratic nominee is chosen before your state gets to vote then these yahoos feel they didnt get to impact who was the nominee. Did I mention theres a lot of money involved in those first states that get thier primary votes? The trick is to get nominated as soon as possible before you run out of campaign money. From catering, rooms, convention halls, political advertisement, political bribery, TV ads and the all important 'Govenor seal of approval' its all about money. It's not about making arizona's primary votes 'counting', its about grandstanding and money. Money money money money! MONEY!

    September 3, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |