- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s 2016 presidential primary is set for March 1.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed an executive order setting the date. The order was published online on Friday.

Southern states are hoping to create regional super primary that day, with the nickname “SEC Primary” after the collegiate Southeastern Conference. Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia also have moved their primary dates to March 1.

Supporters say the shared date is giving the South more clout with presidential candidates from both parties.

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