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Michigan GOP eyes March 2016 presidential primary

Sep 19, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Republican Party is preparing to hold a March 2016 presidential primary and not jump out of order like in 2012, when the state moved earlier to be more relevant.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The GOP's state committee will meet in Lansing Saturday to approve a March 15 primary. The date could change because the Legislature has final say.

If a Republican contender secures more than half the votes, he or she would win all 58 delegates. Otherwise, delegates mostly would be awarded based on results in congressional districts.

New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada are scheduled to host the first four contests in February 2016.

Michigan's primary would be "closed," meaning it would be open only to voters willing to say they're Republicans. Democrats are mum on their 2016 plans.