From AP: Georgia presidential primary will be March 6, 2012

So says Errin Haines of the Associated Press:

Secretary of State Brian Kemp will announce that Georgia will hold its presidential primary on Super Tuesday, officials at the state Capitol have [said].

The two people who are familiar with the decision said Kemp informed the state’s top elected officials on Wednesday that he has decided on March 6. The officials asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to pre-empt the announcement expected Thursday.

State lawmakers gave Kemp until Dec. 1 to set Georgia’s primary day. But the Republican National Party has asked states to submit their primary dates by Saturday.

Republican National Committee rules forbid any state other than Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina from holding a primary before March 6. States that violate RNC rules are subject to losing half their delegates to the Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida, next August.

Already, Missouri has set its date for Feb. 7, and Arizona and Michigan have set presidential primaries for Feb. 28. A special committee is scheduled to meet Friday to formally select Florida’s date, which the state’s house speaker has said will likely be Jan. 31.

Among the other states that have scheduled their primary for Super Tuesday are Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas.
University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bulloch said Georgia probably made a good decision that keeps it from paying the price in delegates while allowing it to weigh in while there’s still a race.

“Most of the other states scheduled are all smaller than Georgia,” Bulloch said. “Georgia will have more delegates up for grabs … making the state attractive to candidates who will then perhaps visit the state personally, or if not, send their top surrogates.”

Bulloch added that the lure of delegates could also bring additional media attention to the state, giving Georgia prominent mention in news stories in the days and weeks leading up to the primary and in the election recap.

An early primary would mean a ballot with a greater number of candidates still competing and a greater opportunity to determine the outcome of the Republican nomination.

New Republican delegate selection rules do not allow winner-take-all primaries — the way Georgia’s has traditionally operated. The Super Tuesday scenario means Georgia would allocate its delegates proportionally.

Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart said this week that having an early primary would make Georgia a bigger player in 2012. She added that she did not want to see the state lose delegates by going before March.

“Since we became a red state, they haven’t paid much attention to us,” Everhart said, referring to GOP candidates and the RNC. “They use us as a donor state.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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27 comments Add your comment

Sonny LIED!

September 28th, 2011
8:51 pm

td

September 28th, 2011
8:57 pm

Good. Georgia can get some of the Republican this year and Democrat next election money pumped into the state. Kemp made a wise decision.

The Source

September 28th, 2011
9:37 pm

I’m conservative, but I have a real problem with a political party dictating to a state government when it is allowed to have a primary election.

Last Lawyer Standing

September 28th, 2011
9:38 pm

Kemp has great judgment.

Martin Williams

September 28th, 2011
9:42 pm

When a political party can tell the State what to do is plain and simple my friend, Corruption with a capital ‘C’ and Georgia is pretty corrupt State we all know that. Look at the Governor we elected………………da……………

Centrist

September 28th, 2011
9:55 pm

BOTH political parties in states pick THEIR primary dates, and how they will distribute THEIR delegates – including the Georgia Democratic party. The partisans here are amazingly ….. partisan.

pat cleburne

September 28th, 2011
10:09 pm

“Since we became a red state, they haven’t paid much attention to us,” Everhart said, referring to GOP candidates and the RNC. “They use us as a donor state.”

Why should they pay attention? The state’s voters failed the smell tests miserably in the last two elections. They know that they would vote for a possum if it were the Republican candidate – why would they waste their time or money?

Honcho

September 28th, 2011
10:18 pm

Neither the RNC or the state GOP dictated anything. They asked that it be set early for the obvious benefits, but Kemp could have chosen any date he desired. Don’t promote the notion that any one is dictating the choice of the date.

pat cleburne

September 28th, 2011
10:25 pm

Any rational candidate wouldn’t waste their time campaigning in Georgia anyway. This is a non-event – something to fill space in the paper.

Ivory

September 28th, 2011
11:23 pm

Cain is from here, of course he wants to show his might!

Ted

September 29th, 2011
1:56 am

Kemp should have put it the same day as NH. Tired of that state dictating who loses early.
If the RNC wants to punish GA republicans for that, well, F em.

Buckhead Boy

September 29th, 2011
5:54 am

I suspect that the Florida GOP will move its primary to the front, really defying the RNC and tradition, and throwing the whole process into turmoil. More irony from people who suggest that they should govern us, but repeatedly demonstrate that they cannot even govern themselves.

Smoke

September 29th, 2011
6:11 am

This isn’t partisan. This is exposing raw-to-the-bone political theatre where Dixiecrats maintain a front row seat. Nothing to see hear about job creation, so just keep the traffic moving.

Billy

September 29th, 2011
6:36 am

This is a Republican party election, so the party should have some say in when and where they are held. And I’m glad to vote Republican.
All the put down Dims on here voted for PBO and the Dims and they have failed and will continue to fail, because their policies didn’t work, and will never work.
So, if you, being a complete idiot, want to call those smarter and wiser than you stupid, you go right ahead. The evidence is to the contrary, that you leftist nuts don’t know your gas vent from a hole in the ground.
BTW, if you dont’ like GA, why don’t you crawl out of here and take your buns to New York. That’s the put down capitol of the world…

findog

September 29th, 2011
7:32 am

Centrist, you are such a moron. The SOS picks the dates; by your post people would conclude that there could be two primary dates, one for each party. This is a total waste of money, have the primary with our state primary and TSPLOST vote so we only pay for one vote; unless the media organizations that profit from all the ads we are going to endure want to pay for the election.

findog

September 29th, 2011
7:50 am

Billy,
America voted the democrats in because RINO’s used your blind allegiance to destroy the middle class. Why should we trust you to pick conservatives as you have yet to do it since 1994 when we first gave you control of congress or the eight years you had the white house. Read the front page this morning and you’ll notice that Atlanta has lost more middle class jobs than any other metropolitan area so your invitation to relocate is going to be driven by job rather than democrat flight…

MD

September 29th, 2011
8:01 am

When obama is kicked out of the white house you dumOcrates will need to get a job.Oh the irony of it all.

honested

September 29th, 2011
8:01 am

So on March 6, Georgia Taxpayers will shovel millions of dollars ad diebold in order to pick the 2nd Place candidate in the General Election.

Not even diebold has the power to fudge the final results.

honested

September 29th, 2011
8:03 am

billy,

Tell me, who’s stupid, dysfunctional failed economic policies (along with 2 unfunded wars of choice) did the digging that got us into this hole?

Hint: They weren’t Democrats.

Buzz G

September 29th, 2011
8:19 am

“It was all Bush’s fault. I am not responsible for anything.” Pres. Obama

outspoken1

September 29th, 2011
8:29 am

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!oh yes I “CAIN” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

honested

September 29th, 2011
8:30 am

outspoken1

Yep put cain in that 2nd place seat.

That alone would save us enough money to fund the whole Congressional Campaign.

Centrist

September 29th, 2011
8:35 am

Georgia has has open primaries where anyone can pick EITHER the Republican or Democrat ballot on election day (as long as they have not already voted in an earlier primary). It is a poor system since partisans often vote in the opposite primary in an attempt to have them nominate a weaker contender. This is especially true in incumbent years when one party does not have a contested nomination. This system was implemented when Democrats controlled the Governorship, Senate, and the House. Maybe it will be changed – but then partisan Democrats will scream “corruption”.

Elections are run by salaried state employees and volunteers, so added costs are mostly from printing – which does not matter when the ballots are distributed. All of those election cost estimates include salaries that are paid anyway – unless you want to claim fewer state employees would be needed if we only held elections in Novembers of every other year.

markie mark

September 29th, 2011
9:42 am

“America voted the democrats in because RINO’s used your blind allegiance to destroy the middle class.”

findog, thats a fair assessment. And this is PRECISELY why the Tea Party was formed. To get us back to voting in conservatives, and voting out those who were not, whether they have an R or a D behind their name.

And while you are at it, don’t forget that Obama is just the latest in a long line of Democrats who ran as moderate Centrists, and upon election took a hard left turn. Usually (i.e. Clinton) they moderate their positions after getting killed in the midterm elections….Obama, however, is absolutely true to his Socialist beliefs and will not moderate his position in the face of overwhelming proof that his policies do not work…..(actually, they follow classic fascism, but that’s another story for another blog)

findog

September 29th, 2011
9:53 am

wrong again Centrist, poll workers are paid

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honested

September 29th, 2011
11:57 am

markie

Describe how President Obama took a ‘hard left turn’.

Had he done so, I would have rejoiced, but he hewed to the wrong-wing corporatist line as far as I can tell.