JACKSON — Lawmakers will debate whether Mississippi should take part in a regional presidential primary, beginning in 2016.
The move would help create the “SEC primary,” named after the Southeastern Conference in sports.
The Southeast is a stronghold for Republicans in presidential politics. Secretaries of state, including Republican Delbert Hosemann of Mississippi, have endorsed a regional primary as a way for the states to grab the attention of presidential candidates.
House Bill 933 would move Mississippi’s primary to the first Tuesday of March. Under current law, the state’s presidential primary is set for the second Tuesday of that month.
The bill has passed the House Apportionment and Elections Committee and awaits debate in the full House.
Both Georgia and Tennessee are already set on the March 1, 2016, date.
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