- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Senate Republicans have taken the first formal steps in a deal to push the state’s presidential primary into March, yielding to the demands of the Republican National Committee.

A Senate committee approved a bill Monday that would set the primary date for both parties for March 15. General Assembly leaders announced the deal this weekend, after the RNC did not back down on threats to cut the state’s voting delegation by 80 percent if it held its primary in February.

The legislature voted in 2013 to move the primary to February, hoping to gain political clout in a state that has traditionally had very little say in picking presidential candidates. Both national parties have rules limiting primaries before March 1 to four traditionally early states.

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