NC lawmakers get behind March 15 presidential primary

Jul 18, 2015 3:41 PM by News Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republican legislators appear to have settled on a new presidential primary date next year.

Key lawmakers said Saturday that House and Senate GOP leaders have agreed in principle to move the Democratic and Republican primary to March 15.

A 2013 state law set the presidential primary for late February. But the Republican National Committee has threatened North Carolina's GOP with losing most of their nominating delegates to next summer's convention if it remained in February. Florida, Ohio and Missouri also have scheduled March 15 primaries.

Rep. David Lewis of Dunn is an RNC member. Lewis confirmed the deal, which also gives the winners all the state's delegates. A bill is slated for Senate committee debate early next week.

WRAL-TV first reported on the new legislation.

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