We’re all familiar with the concept of “Super Tuesday,” where more or less than a dozen or so states hold their primaries on the same day. This creates a point of no return for many candidates if they cannot secure enough victories during the days when multiple states hold their primary votes. It now appears several southern states may be joining to create a “Super Southern Tuesday” when multiple southern states will all hold primaries on the same day.

Report from AL.com:

Lawmakers will debate whether Mississippi should take part in a regional presidential primary, beginning in 2016.

The move would help create the “SEC primary,” named after the Southeastern Conference in sports.

The Southeast is a stronghold for Republicans in presidential politics. Secretaries of state, including Republican Delbert Hosemann of Mississippi, have endorsed a regional primary as a way for the states to grab the attention of presidential candidates.

House Bill 933 would move Mississippi’s primary to the first Tuesday of March. Under current law, the state’s presidential primary is set for the second Tuesday of that month.

The bill has passed the House Apportionment and Elections Committee and awaits debate in the full House.

Both Georgia and Tennessee are already set on the March 1, 2016, date.

This could be very beneficial for candidates who appeal to southern voters such as a Mike Huckabee or even a Ted Cruz. In fact, this would give the south more sway over the nomination process since it could inevitably lead a consolidation of the race if a candidate can get past this super southern primary.

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  1. Ha! I’m not a sports fan, so I thought this was about the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). And, I guess that’s appropriate, since this article points out that a regional primary would favor candidates who have big money:

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/seven-southern-states-plan-their-own-super-tuesday-for-2016-race-1421022371

    In fact, Huckabee calls it a “gift from God” [did he mean Mammon?]:

    http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/02/02/mike-huckabee-sec-primary-is-a-gift-from-god/

    Anyway, I dunno. The “Solid South” has voted as a bloc since the Civil War. Very seldom any surprises. I don’t think a regional primary would change the dynamic. About the only thing it would do is decide AMONG conservative candidates on one day. And that would clear the field so that the conservative vote would not be split.

    Also, to clarify, the Al.com article refers to “House Bill 933.” That’s the Mississippi House, not the US House.

    http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/2015/02/01/mississippi-considers-sec-primary/22696683/

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