Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday refused to answer questions about his campaign's alleged attempts to influence the primary calendar lineup for his benefit.
Romney's visit to South Carolina comes a day after Nevada Republicans announced moving up their caucuses to Jan. 14, 2012, which could be a boost for the former governor of Massachusetts, who is favored to win the Silver State and which would help offset a potential loss in South Carolina a week later.
(CNN) - Nevada GOP chairwoman Amy Tarkanian announced late Wednesday the state will hold its caucus on January 14, further sliding the voting season closer to the holiday season.
“I’m extremely pleased to finally have a firm date for a caucus that will greatly improve Nevada’s standing and relevance in terms of national politics,” Tarkanian said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) - An earlier GOP primary election calendar could complicate efforts by possible latecomers such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should he decide to join the crowded 2012 presidential field.
"With every passing hour the window is closing," said Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report. "I still believe you have to have an operation in place on the ground in early states and that all depends on how quickly he (Christie) can put that together - and whether he can be competitive."FULL STORY
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina's Republican Party is risking losing delegates by holding a January 2012 presidential primary but the strategic move will keep the state from losing its first-in-the-South presidential primary status to Florida.
"Truly we will remain the state that picks presidents. A 30-year track record, candidates know they got to come here, we anticipate remaining in that spot," said South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly, speaking at party headquarters in Columbia Monday.
(CNN) - South Carolina Republicans are expected Monday to announce the date of their first-in-the-South presidential primary.
State GOP chairman Chad Connelly is scheduled to reveal the date when he steps in front of cameras at a news conference at the party headquarters in Columbia at 11am ET.
(CNN) - The Missouri GOP is moving back its nominating contest in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
Thursday night the Missouri Republican State Committee decided to hold a caucus on March 17. State law had set Missouri's primary on February 7, but that date would have been in violation of Republican National Committee rules which required all states but Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina to wait until March 6 to hold their contests, or risk losing sending half their delegates to the party's national nominating convention in Tampa, Florida in August of next year.
Washington (CNN) – A panel of Florida legislators bucked national Republican Party rules Friday and approved a motion to hold the state's presidential primary on Jan. 31 of next year.
The move, crafted to ensure that Florida goes fifth in the nominating process, is certain to scramble the presidential primary calendar and push the first contest of the GOP nomination fight into the early days of January.
Washington (CNN) - With Florida officials refusing to back down from their plan to hold their presidential primary in January of next year, national GOP leaders worked nervously behind-the-scenes Thursday to keep their fragile nominating calendar intact.
A Republican-appointed commission in Florida is expected Friday to name Jan. 31 as the date of their 2012 presidential primary, a decision first reported by CNN on Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) – Amid a potential primary calendar shake-up, GOP chairs of the first four voting states –Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina– said Thursday they would do whatever it takes to hold onto their early voting status in 2012.
"The four sanctioned, early states have been very clear that we will move together, if necessary, to ensure order as outlined in RNC rules," said Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn in a joint statement. "If we are forced to change our dates together, we will."
(CNN) - A decision on the final date for the South Carolina GOP presidential primary will be delayed until the state of Florida announces whether it will break from the Republican Party and schedule it's primary on January 31, 2012.
In a Thursday announcement, state officials pledged to keep their status as the first southern state to vote in the primary and caucus calendar.