The so-called SEC primary now has six states holding their presidential primaries on March 1, 2016.
OnlineAthens.com is reporting that Arkansas is the latest state to join Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s effort to give the South a larger voice in choosing the Republican and Democratic White House candidates.
Arkansas joins Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Other Southern states holding primaries around the same time next year are Louisiana (March 5); Mississippi (likely March 8); Florida and Missouri (March 15); South Carolina (Feb. 20); and Kentucky (possibly May 17).
“It is now clear that the road to the White House runs through the South,” Kemp said in a statement.