Republicans Approve Rules to Shorten Primary Calendar
The Republican National Committee on Friday approved a rules package aimed at condensing the 2016 nominating process — a move designed to protect their next presidential nominee from a prolonged, damaging primary.
“After the 2012 presidential election it became clear the Party needed to take steps to help give our future presidential nominees a better infrastructure to help win the White House,” the party said after approving changes in a 153-9 vote.
Under the new rules, the process will allow Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to retain their status as early states. Those contests must be held after Feb. 1.