The Washington Times - January 23, 2014, 09:42AM

GOP chairs in key states said on Thursday they support the Republican party’s effort to move up the convention to June or July.

“As soon as we can tap general election money, that’ll put us in a better position,” A.J. Spiker, chair of the Republican party in Iowa, on MSNBC.

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Jennifer Horn, GOP chair in New Hampshire, also said she was “very supportive” of having the convention a month or two earlier, which would shorten the primary process.

“We’re here to win elections, we’re here to win fiscally responsible leadership not just to our states, but to the nation,” she said.

The Republican National Committee is also considering adding incentives for states to hold primaries later, allowing the traditional four — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — to be the first states, MNSBC reported.

Allowing the four, smaller states to go first gives people a chance to actually get to know the candidates rather than choosing based on a TV commercial, Ms. Horn said. It also gives underdog candidates a shot.

“Keeping small states in the beginning gives under-funded and upstart candidates a chance,” Matt Moore, South Carolina GOP chair, said.