[Rushtalk] RNC tries to simplify 2016 primary, may unleash untold chaos
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Thu Feb 27 08:51:56 MST 2014
RINO up to their old tricks.
RNC tries to simplify 2016 primary, may unleash untold chaos
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The next presidential election might be months away, but the Republican
National Committee is acting to cut the party’s primary season in half
in order to regain control over the chaotic lead-up to the convention.
If the five changes proposed by a subcommittee pass with a super
majority during the RNC’s January meeting, the first four states — Iowa,
New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — would be permitted to hold
their contests in February of 2016, while the rest of the states would
have to wait until Mar. 1, and would be barred from holding
winner-take-all elections until Mar. 15. Chairman Reince Priebus once
pushed for holding the convention between June 27 and July 18.
In their efforts to stop states — especially Florida — from
front-loading the primaries, however, the RNC may create another
Under the new rules and after the tussling between state parties and the
national committee, both Texas and Florida, two huge states with a total
of one-fourth of the total delegates up for grabs, would run their
primaries on the same day — Mar. 1. Winning in either state requires
enormous war chests, widespread name recognition to attract media
attention and the momentum that precedes every eventual frontrunner.
The RNC’s general council John Ryder told NPR in December that the
mandated wait would still give low-budget, grassroots candidates time to
increase their name recognition and let their campaigns take root — if
“It gives a six-week period for a retail candidacy to take hold, if it’s
going to take hold,” Ryder said, according to NPR.
Ryder also told NPR that the move shortens the primary without giving a
candidate with “$200 million on day one” a chance to steamroll the
competition outright. It will also shorten the amount of time candidates
have to savage one another during the many debates held before the
national convention and in the trenches of each state battle.
The national party tried to impose restrictions on states during the
2008 and 2012 elections, but Florida bucked the system twice,
effectively handing the nomination to respective frontrunners Arizona
Sen. John McCain and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. In 2008, even with
half its usual delegates, Florida still commanded more electoral power
than both of the first primary states combined.
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