August 9th, 2007
11:34 AM ET
15 years ago

South Carolina GOP primary moved up

South Carolina Republicans have moved their primary up to January 19 instead of February 2.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - The South Carolina Republican Party announced Thursday it would hold its primary on January 19, nearly three weeks before as many as 20-plus other states hold their own nominating contests.

"Today is truly a historic occasion," South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson said at a news conference in New Hampshire's State Capitol building, where he announced his party's primary date.

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- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Anna Sheehan, Woodbridge, VA

    Why don't we hold the elections today and be finished with all the campaigning. Then everyone could get back to work and maybe do something constructive.

    August 9, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. David, Salinas, CA

    We need to fix this archaic system or we’ll never get anything done in this country besides political campaigning.

    A one day national primary is going too far. It wouldn’t let us focus on local issues and get to know the candidates. (We need to give them enough time to make fools of themselves). I’d like to see four regional primaries (Northeast, South, Midwest, and West, with the order rotating). Space them one month apart starting in June of election years. That way everybody’s primary vote matters, not just Iowans and New Hampshirites.

    August 9, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. nate phx az

    I just hope Iowa doesn't move to December because of this.

    August 9, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Chris

    You all should research why the primaries are being moved up. The elite are scared of the internet and REAL candidates making progress. They want their guys nominated as soon as possible before they fall off their pedestals. It's all evil, nothing honorable about them moving up their primaries.

    August 9, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Mark Ramsey MD, Fort Lauderdale FL

    One idea I've heard circulated is to divide all the states into four groups, then set up a rotation where each group gets an opportunity to have the primaries first on a rotating basis. This makes alot more sense to me than all these states clamoring to make their primaries earlier and earlier.

    August 9, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. James, NY, NY

    Well if they want people to tune the politicians out this is one day to do it. Nobody will want to pay attention to what the politicians are saying after having a 1 year bashing session by the two parties candidates. Of course both will promise to unite Congress and then continue to bash the other side.

    If the parties used as much energy addressing problems as they did bashing each other imagine how much they could accomplish....

    August 9, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. TC Plainfield IL

    Who benefits from grouping all these primaries together as early as possible? I dont think the voting public gains anything. I dont think that a candidate who is running a strong second or third in polls benefits.

    August 9, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. PalmettoPatriot

    This is a game we as South Carolinians don't need to play. We should exit this corrupt regime as soon as possible and return to governing ourselves as a free people. We can only do that outside this oppressive Federal regime. Deo Vindice!

    August 9, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |