Louisiana not inclined to join ‘SEC’ presidential primary day in 2016 | NOLA.com

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Louisiana not inclined to join ‘SEC’ presidential primary day in 2016 | NOLA.com

Neither the Louisiana Republicans nor the Democrats are interested in participating in the so-called “SEC primary” for the 2016 presidential nominations that most other states in the Deep South have decided to join.

Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama are likely to hold their presidential primary contests on the same day — March 1, 2016. Florida and Texas are also considering scheduling their primary contests on that date. But Louisiana seems poised to stick with it’s original plan — a March 5 primary contest.

“We are better off being on a date by ourselves. … If you throw us in with Georgia and Texas, we are not going to get a whole lot of attention,” said Jason Dore, executive director of the Republican Party of Louisiana.

The Southern states participating in the “SEC primary” believe they have a better chance of influencing the candidates — particularly those on the Republican side — if they are seen as a larger voting block. The candidates might be forced to appeal to more conservative voters, for example, with a block of Deep South states holding their primaries on the same day early in the election season.

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