Carolina Republican Party
May 11, 2010
South Carolina's First in the South GOP Presidential Primary
status carved out
takes first step toward protecting state’s unique primary status.
Tuesday, May 11 – Washington, D.C. – South Carolina Republican Party
Chairman Karen Floyd today announced that a special committee of the
Republican National Committee has recommended preserving the state’s
First in the South Republican Presidential Primary status.
Today, the RNC’s Temporary Delegate Selection Committee issued a
recommendation to carve out South Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire and
Nevada. The formal vote on those recommendations will be held later
this year, but today’s action virtually ensures that South Carolina’s
unique First in the South status will be preserved through the 2012
Since South Carolina’s First in the South Presidential Primary was
begun in 1980, no Republican has been nominated for the presidency
without first winning South Carolina. The event and the campaigning
leading up to the vote are also an enormous economic boon to the state.
“South Carolina has a remarkable track record in putting forward a
nominee to carry the Republican banner, and we’re pleased today that
the Committee has recognized our unique and historic role in this
important political process,” Floyd said. “What’s more, South
Carolinians are some of the most eager in the nation when it comes to
reversing the destructive path of debt and spending that the President
has put our country on. While we are singularly focused right now on
winning in 2010, keeping our First in the South status has been a top
priority of my Chairmanship, and I want to thank the committee, and my
fellow Chairmen in the other early states for working cooperatively on
Floyd pointed to a number of benefits to holding the presidential
preference primary in South Carolina. South Carolina’s geographic area
makes it possible for candidates to attend multiple forums and meet as
many voters as possible. Also, the relatively low cost of running a
statewide campaign in South Carolina allows candidates to save crucial
resources for the real fight in November.
The Temporary Delegate Selection Committee approved the following
“No primary, caucus, or convention to elect, select, allocate, or bind
delegates to the national convention shall occur prior to the first
Tuesday in March in the year in which a national convention is held.
Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may begin their
processes at any time on or after February 1 in the year in which a
national convention is held.”