(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.