September 30, 2011: Florida Sets
January 31, 2012 as the Date for its Presidential Preference Primary
PRESS RELEASE from
Republican Party of Florida FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2011
Contact: Brian Hughes, RPOF Comms. Director
CURRY ON PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DATE
under the authority provided them by Florida statute and their
selection by Governor Scott, Speaker Cannon and Senate President
Haridopolos, the nine members of the Presidential Preference Primary
Date Selection Committee chose January 31st as our state’s date. As I
have said before, the Republican Party of Florida was always prepared
to work with the date selected by those with the legal authority to do
so. We appreciate that the Committee engaged in a thorough process.
That process included discussion of a range of dates from January 3rd
to March 6th or later, so this compromise of January 31st
reflects the importance Florida will play on the national stage. We
look forward to having a great primary, and then hosting a world-class
convention for our party’s nominee. Florida will be the most important
state in our efforts to defeat Barack Obama.
September 30, 2011
Statement from RNC Spokesperson
primaries will now start earlier than planned, the overarching goal of
the current rules was to allow more states and voters to have a role in
choosing the next Republican nominee for President. This goal
will be met." - RNC Spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski
Any state that
violates the RNC rules will lose 50 percent of their delegates.
The deadline for
each state’s plan is 11:59 p.m. on October 1st and we will
do our best to get updated dates and numbers out to you all as soon as
PRESS RELEASE from Republican Party of Iowa
September 30, 2011
Florida's January 31
GOP Chairman Matt Strawn today issued the following statement regarding
the announcement that Florida will hold its presidential primary on
January 31, 2012.
"The arrogance shown by Florida's elected
leadership is disappointing, but not surprising. Equally troubling is
to see this petulant behavior rewarded with our national convention.
The consequences of Florida's intransigence must be swift and severe,
including the refusal by the RNC to credential or seat any member of
Florida's presidential primary date commission at the 2012 RNC
convention in Tampa.
"Regarding the timing of the First in the
Nation Iowa Caucuses, Iowa will remain first. Consistent with
tradition, the final Iowa Caucus date will be announced once New
Hampshire sets the date of its First in the Nation Primary.”
of State's Office September 30,
2011 11:15 a.m.
New Hampshire Secretary
of State’s Office
In a statement released today, following
Florida’s decision to conduct its primary in January, Secretary of
State William Gardner made the following comments:
"For more than half a
century, beginning in 1916, the New Hampshire
Presidential Primary was held every four years on the second Tuesday of
March, our traditional town meeting day.
In 1972, the State of
Florida decided by law to have its Presidential Primary on the same day
as New Hampshire. They were not successful. Since then we have not been
able to continue having the primary on the second Tuesday in March, the
only date specified in our state law to this day.
we will be unable to have the upcoming Presidential Primary on the
second Tuesday in March and still continue to honor the tradition of
our First in the Nation Presidential Primary.
Because we cannot
rule out the possibility of conducting the primary before the end of
this year, we are, regrettably, as we were four years ago, forced to
move the presidential candidates filing period to October."
two-week filing period for the upcoming NEW HAMPSHIRE PRESIDENTIAL
PRIMARY will begin on Monday, October 17, 2011 and end on Friday,
October 28, 2011.
Filings will be accepted at the Secretary of State's Office between the
hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
office will be open until 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the filing
period. Any filing made on the LAST day (October 28, 2011) of the
filing period must be made IN PERSON by the candidate.
Declaration of Candidacy form is available on the Secretary of State's
website: http://www.sos.nh.gov/presprim2012/index.htm This form and the
fee of $1,000 (cash or certified check) is required to be submitted by
any person filing for the Office of President of the United States.
last day for voters interested in changing their party affiliation is
Friday, October 14, 2011. The supervisors of the checklist in every
town will be meeting at a minimum of between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on
that day for the purpose of correcting the checklist.
PRESS RELEASE from South Carolina Republican Party
September 30, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Matt Moore
SCGOP Chairman Connelly
issues statement on Florida primary decision
Columbia, S.C. - SCGOP Chairman Chad
Connelly today issued a statement
following Florida's decision to move its primary to January 31, 2012:
"Today's decision by Florida is hugely disappointing and could have
been avoided. Rogue states have once again dictated the Presidential
nominating calendar. I call on my fellow RNC members and all
Republicans to strongly condemn Florida's decision to hold their
primary on January 31.
"States who have worked so hard to maintain the nominating calendar
should not be penalized and the offenders, including Florida, should
lose their entire allocations of delegates at the National Convention.
Rules matter and the four traditional early states (Iowa, New
Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) did everything they could to
avoid this unfortunate situation.
"South Carolina's primary date will not be announced today."
PRESS RELEASE from Nevada Republican Party
October 3, 2011
Florida Move, Nevada Will Remain First in the West
Vegas – Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian today released
the following statement concerning the date of Nevada’s Presidential
Caucus in the wake of Florida’s decision to move its primary to January
“Florida has thrown the primary and caucus system into upheaval with
the decision to move their primary up to January 31st. It’s a
disrespectful and counter-productive move. However, I am working
closely with representatives of the other early states, Iowa, New
Hampshire and South Carolina, for a positive resolution. The date
Nevada’s caucus might have to be moved up accordingly to a date yet to
be determined. Still, even if the date changes, Nevada will
First in the West Presidential Caucus and our determination to achieve
excellence and raise Nevada’s national profile remains unchanged."
PRESS RELEASE from
Florida Democratic Party For Immediate Release: September 30, 2011 Contact:
Brannon Jordan, (850) 222-3411
from FLA DEMS on Presidential Primary Date Selection
Committee’s Announcement of New Primary Date
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Democratic Party
today issued the following statement in response to the Presidential
Primary Date Selection Committee’s announcement of January 31st as
Florida’s new primary date.
Statement from Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith:
“Once again, Republicans in Florida have shown a total disregard
for bipartisanship and following the rules of the road. Today’s
decision is a slap in the face to their own party and the bipartisan
rules agreed upon over a year ago to ensure an orderly primary process.”