19 July 2016 // By

WASHINGTON — South Carolina will retain its No. 3 slot in the Republican presidential primary sequence in 2020 and also first in the South, at least for the time being.

During the Republican National Convention Rules Committee meeting in Cleveland late Thursday, the Palmetto State — along with Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada — withstood efforts by representatives from other states to reconfigure the order in which states cast ballots in the primary election season.

The compromise reached Thursday — four days before the official kick-off of the convention — is that the Republican National Committee will sometime between now and the next general election form an advisory panel to continue the sequence conversation.

S.C. GOP Chairman Matt Moore, a member of the Rules Committee, along with S.C. national committeewoman Cindy Costa considered the development a kind of victory for the state’s “First in the South” status.

“Today’s vote is a very positive sign for South Carolina Republican presidential primaries,” Moore said in a statement. “We appreciate our fellow Rules Committee delegates recognizing the importance of the grassroots-driven primary process, and that changes to that process shouldn’t be made lightly.”

South Carolina is envied by other states that also want to enjoy the national spotlight, economic advantage and political influence in the presidential nomination process...

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Emma Dumain is The Post and Courier’s Washington correspondent.

Emma Dumain. "S.C. 'First in the South’ primary status safe — for now'." The Post and Courier. The Post and Courier, July 15 ,2016.

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