With a week to go before the Republican National Committee’s Oct. 1 deadline for states to schedule their primaries or caucuses, South Carolina officials are working to help Florida go fifth in picking a presidential nominee.
South Carolina GOP chairman Chad Connelly has the exclusive authority to set South Carolina’s GOP primary date. After announcing that his state won’t share its spot on the calendar with Arizona — which set off the calendar upheaval by moving its primary to Feb. 28, the same date that South Carolina is currently scheduled for — or any other state, Connelly is looking to put the state’s vote on a Saturday earlier in February, South Carolina GOP spokesman Matt Moore said. That would keep the state ahead of Arizona while still complying with RNC rules.
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