State Central Committee Decides To Hold A March 1 Primary

— Party Process Debated and a Super Tuesday Primary Chosen by Governing Body —

June 27, 2015 – Richmond, VA – During their regular, quarterly meeting, the Virginia Republican State Central Committee (SCC) decided today to hold a Primary on March 1, 2016 – on so-called Super Tuesday – as the means the Virginia GOP will use to bind their delegates for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

The debate, highlighted by a compromise proposal put forth by SCC Member Chip Muir, calls for a Presidential Primary in 2016 and a GOP Convention for the Commonwealth’s three State-Wide offices in 2017.

The elected SCC is made up of a various number of representatives from each Congressional District – with additional members if that District has a Republican Member of Congress and if that District went Republican in the last Presidential election. Additionally, members of the General Assembly and the leadership of statewide GOP organizations like the Virginia Federation of Republican Women, College Republicans and Young Republicans have representation on the SCC.

“The SCC had a very thorough and thoughtful debate today regarding the best method to nominate Virginia’s choice for a Republican Presidential Candidate,” stated Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck. “I am confident the Party will go forward unified to win in 2016.”

The SCC considered a number of different possibilities to nominate the Republican Candidate: 1) a Caucus; 2) a State-Wide Party Canvass; 3) a Convention and; 4) a State-Run Primary.

“All roads to the White House lead through Virginia,” concluded Whitbeck. “The State Central Committee’s decision today has put the Republican nominee in a strong position to be prepared for the November 3, 2016 General Election and to turn Virginia red. I am proud of the discussion, debate and unity on display today.”

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