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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 5:56am

Push For Earlier Primary Date

Some of Georgia's House Republicans say an early presidential primary could make the state a player in the 2012 election.

U.S. Representatives Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston say an early primary could be advantageous depending on the race's dynamics.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is currently weighing when to set the date of the state's presidential primary. While the Legislature gave Kemp until December 1st to decide, the national party has asked states to decide by Saturday.

If the primary is held earlier rather than later, Georgia could draw candidates, political clout and dollars to the state GOP. But if the contest is before March 6th, the Republican National Committee will strip Georgia of half of its convention delegates.