The Southeastern Conference is well known as a sports powerhouse. Georgia’s Secretary of State thinks it could be a political one, too.
Secretary Brian Kemp has sent a letter to his counterparts in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi to propose the idea of an “SEC” presidential primary. He proposes holding the regional primary on the first Tuesday of March – or March 1 – in 2016.
Tennessee’s 2016 primary is already planned for March 1 but Alabama and Mississippi’s dates are currently set at March 8. Louisiana’s is planned for March 5 and Arkansas is set for May 24.
Two other major southern region states – Florida and Texas – have March 1 as their primary dates.
Proponents of early primaries said it helps states, particularly areas seen as squarely in one party’s corner, to gain early attention and rake in more campaign cash.