Some legislative leaders want an earlier primary date here in Georgia:
A measure filed today would move the 2008 primary from March 4 to Feb. 5 in hopes of creating a “national primary day,” said House Majority Leader Jerry Keen, a sponsor of the measure.
Arkansas, Delaware, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona and Utah are already planning primaries for Feb. 5. And California, New Jersey, Illinois are among other states looking at moving up to early February.
“We do not want Georgia left out of the process,” said Keen, R-St. Simons. “We want Georgia to be in play.”
The current presidential lineup starts with the Iowa and Nevada caucuses, followed by the New Hampshire primary. Then candidates head to South Carolina, which has a split primary, with Democrats on Jan. 29 and Republicans on Feb. 2.
The proposal, introduced by state Rep. Austin Scott, also makes a key change in election law aimed at reducing the number of runoffs.
Current law sends an election into a runoff if none of the candidates earns more than 50 percent of the vote. The House proposal would lower the bar to 45 percent.