- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The details are now in place to hold all North Carolina primary elections this coming March 15.

The House and Senate filed their negotiated compromise late Wednesday. The two chambers scheduled debate and final votes Thursday.

Republican lawmakers had already decided in 2013 to bring the 2016 presidential preference votes up from the traditional May primary date. GOP leaders earlier this year agreed the date should be tweaked to avoid punishments by the national political parties through fewer delegates.

In recent weeks Republican lawmakers also considered moving other primaries - such as for governor, U.S. Senate and the legislature - to March as well, citing cost savings and simplicity.

The compromise would hold candidate filling Dec. 1 to Dec. 21. The presidential primary candidate lists would be finalized Jan. 5.


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