Granite State GOP battles to keep ‘first-in-nation’ primary

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The state which handed Donald Trump his first primary victory en route to an unprecedented rise to the Republican presidential nomination is fighting to keep that first-in-the-nation status.

According to a Boston Globe report, some of the leading members of New Hampshire’s GOP are sparring with the Republican National Committee over whether the Granite State should play such an early role in the nomination process.

The Globe reported that one solution the RNC is discussing would be to link New Hampshire on the calendar with Massachusetts, which voted this year on March 1 — Super Tuesday.

Trump, who won New Hampshire with 35.8 percent of the vote, came to the aid of the Granite State with a statement delivered by campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, a New Hampshire resident.

“If I am president, a change taking away New Hampshire’s primary will not happen, period,” it said.

The New York Times reported that GOP leaders believe there will be some shakeup among the first four states to vote, but named Nevada as the likely odd man out.

Although still mathematically given no more advantage than its size, New Hampshire hangs its hat on getting the first bite at the apple.

“You have 49 other states looking at New Hampshire jealously,” Fergus Cullen, a former New Hampshire GOP chairman, told the Globe. “A problem has always been, OK, you get rid of the existing states, what do you replace it with? There’s never been consensus.”

Nothing on the matter has been formally submitted. If it is, voting would take place during the week before July’s national convention.