Arizona holds primary move
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Friday that she would not move her state’s presidential primary into January, which would likely force Iowa and New Hampshire to also jump ahead.
Brewer also told The Associated Press that her intention was to leave the state an option to move earlier than its currently scheduled date of Feb. 28
“Sometime after the 31st is still possible,” Brewer said. “I’m going to keep looking at that, to see what fits our best interests.”
Arizona law requires 150-day advance notice of an election date change. Therefore, if Brewer had planned to move to Jan. 31, as she was considering, the deadline to announce would have been Saturday.
Thus far the calendar established by the Republican National Committee, which has the Iowa caucuses leading the nomination process on Feb. 6, has stood. New Hampshire, holding with tradition, is scheduled to have its first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 14. The Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary follow on Feb. 18 and 28, respectfully. Several states then hold their primary on Tuesday, March 6.
Rules set by the national party prohibit states other than the beginning four to hold a contest prior to March 6. Those who do could be stripped of delegates at the National Convention. At least six states are threatening to hold contests outside of their allotted calendar windows, and movement by any one of them could cause a domino effect that would throw the process into chaos.
According to the AP, the Republican National Committee seems prepared to offer Brewer’s state a GOP presidential debate, which is something she had indicated might persuade her to keep the Arizona primary where its currently slated.