Arizona Republicans aren't just in the driver's seat on on GOP policies like immigration -- they are now seeking to leapfrog the 2012 primary calendar and vote in February next year, too.
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As Real Clear Politics reports, the 80-member state GOP executive committee has passed a resolution that would ask that Republican Gov. Jan Brewer -- who has the power to set the state's presidential primary date -- schedule the event for February. The resolution will next be voted on tomorrow by the whole state party committee, made up of 1,400 members.
"We should go early because we're a good bellwether of the country," Mecum said. "We're willing to break the rules to go early."
A wrinkle in this plan, of course, is that the RNC's official new primary calendar -- which was adopted in part to push the race back from its very early events last cycle -- allows only four contests in February 2012: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. And if another state goes earlier, it could potentially trigger a race among the official early states to reschedule their contests for even sooner.