Concord, NH- Today members of the RNC moved to adopt more strict penalties for states who move their primaries after the primary calendar has been set. Last year when Florida decided to move their primary up it caused a mess for the other states, and caused specifically New Hampshire to have their delegates to the Republican National Convention cut in half in order to protect the "First-in-the-Nation" status.
The rules committee has already approved an amendment that would protect the delegates for the early primary and caucus states. This "super penalty" would cause all the states who broke the rule of jumping ahead of one of the four carve out states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada, to lose all but nine of their delegates.
"This is a huge victory for New Hampshire," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. "Preserving our First-in-the-Nation primary is our top priority. This win will protect both the delegates to the national convention, as well as protect our historic position in the primary process. I want to congratulate Steve Duprey and Phyllis Woods on their hard work and perseverance on the issue, and making sure we have a strong voice at the RNC."
These rules, adopted by the Republican National Committee, now go to the Rules Committee of the convention for consideration. Assuming no change, they are then voted on by the full Republican National Convention on Monday.