One of those steps is a shorter primary process. It’s my goal to have a convention in late June or early July. That way the nominee has access to general election resources earlier, allowing him or her to be more competitive against the Democrats’ nominee. It also means the media can’t over-hype a drawn-out fight among our candidates.
But we did have to make sure that our primary voters would have their voices heard—and that all primary candidates would have a chance to make their cases.
So on Friday, we passed new rules to shape the 2016 presidential primary process.
◼ First, the “carve out” states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada) will hold their contests in February.In crafting these rules, we were committed to three basic principles:
◼ Other states can start their contests on or after March 1.
◼ Any contest between March 1st and March 14th must allocate delegates on a proportional basis.
◼ Any contest after March 14th may choose to allocate delegates proportionally or on a winner-take-all basis.
◼ The deadline for selection of alternates and delegates will move from 35 days before the convention to 45 days before the convention.
◼ Giving our nominee the best chance of winningBy sticking to those principles and enforcing these new rules, we will have a primary process that is fair for all involved, and we will have a nominee who enters the general election in a position of strength.
◼ Empowering our voters to have their voices heard
L◼ etting all our candidates have time to share their vision with voters
◼ For GOP, Adjusted 2016 Primary Calendar Is All About The Money - TIME
The Republican National Committee took steps Thursday to change how it will pick its presidential candidate in 2016, the latest effort by the national party to tighten control over the primary calendar. The motivation behind the change is simple: it’s all about the money.
In the summer of 2012, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was cash-strapped as most of its resources were tied up until he officially became the GOP‘s nominee at the Republican National Convention, allowing the Obama campaign months to define him with a television blitz. The RNC, is looking to free up those general election dollars sooner by moving the 2016 convention to late June or mid-July.
◼ RNC 'primary reform' aimed at the base - Rick Moran/American Thinker
...The length and bitterness of the 2012 primary season weakened Mit Romney going into the general election. All those silly debates did nothing to enlighten the American people and only served as a point of contention between candidates....The new rules are expected to pass overwhelmingly.