NC may have single March primary for all races

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina legislators are considering whether to move all primary elections next year to March instead of just the presidential primaries.

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Two key Republican lawmakers confirmed Wednesday to The Associated Press there are discussions on whether all primaries should be held March 15. Primaries for state races- including those for governor, Congress and the legislature – are currently set for May.

Republican leaders decided in 2013 to move up the presidential primary so state voters could have more influence on choosing nominees.

Separate elections also would cost several million dollars more to operate.

Having one March primary would have potential candidates scrambling to decide whether to run.

The lawmakers who talked to AP – Sen. Bob Rucho and Rep. David Lewis – also said technical election changes are being considered.

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