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By Martha Zoller of ZPolitics, Special for USDR
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced this week by proposing a change to the Presidential Primary date that could ultimately make Georgia a key player in the 2016 Presidential election.
Today on Atlanta’s Evening News with Erick Erickson, Kemp announced his intentions to push for Georgia to hold its Presidential Primary election on March 1, 2016 and is encouraging other southern states to do the same.
The Southeastern Regional “Super Tuesday” Primary would give the South a real voice in both the Republican and Democratic nomination processes and would certainly make Georgia a battleground for candidates on both sides of the aisle.
Kemp’s proposal is far more than just “inside baseball” politics. The practical implications of this Primary proposal are huge for our state. Regardless of who wins, the newly elected leader of the free world will have to address the pressing concerns of our state to get to the Oval Office. He or she will have to campaign here and work hard throughout Georgia to win our vote.
The Port of Savannah will be thrust into the national conversation. Our military bases, infrastructure, transportation, and health care needs will become major topics of conversation by all Presidential candidates. The opinions and endorsements of our elected officials at all levels of government and our local party leaders will matter. We might even have a nationally televised presidential debate in the Peach State!
Under state law, Secretary of State Kemp is allowed to unilaterally set the date of the Primary election. He is already receiving very positive feedback. Georgia GOP Chairman Padgett issued a full-throated endorsement of the plan today. According to Secretary Kemp, who just returned from the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Winter Conference in Washington D.C., his proposal was also well received from his colleagues in neighboring states.
With these types of creative ideas, it’s no surprise that Secretary of State Kemp is currently unopposed for re-election. By spearheading bi-partisan initiatives that shed positive light on Georgia, Kemp is a rising star on the state and national level that we can be proud to call our own.
Personally, I love the idea of a “SEC Primary.” Our football conference determines the eventual contenders for the BCS title. Our voters should determine the eventual candidates for President of the United States!
Kudos to Brian Kemp for this very savvy move that will help our state in countless ways.
Martha Zoller is a conservative radio talk show host and Editor of ZPolitics.