The RNC has formally adopted a new "rules" package to accelerate and compress the primary process in 2016 in an effort to fend off a lengthy, divisive fight.
The vote was 153 to 9.
"We no longer sit around and allow ourselves to slice and dice in a series of debate. We will have a much better process in 20016," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.
The plan blocks off February for the Iowa Caucuses and primaries in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina, and Nevada. Then March hits, with big-ticket states like Florida and Texas. All primaries prior to March 15 are "proportional. Then, the rules provide for "winner take all" contests after that.
The plan also calls for a convention perhaps as early as late June or July. Primaries must be wrapped up about a month and a half before the convention.
The earlier convention would provide the GOP nominee better access to funds...which Mitt Romney couldn't tap until he formally secured the nomination in September.
Not everyone is in favor of the new plan. RNC national committee member Morton Blackwell says he does not like the abbreviated process in March and was one of the nine nay votes.
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