Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 1, 2011
Sen. David Holt
Bill moving Presidential Primary Clears Senate
The State Senate has given unanimous approval to a
measure moving Oklahoma’s presidential primary from February
back to March. Sen. David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) is author of the
measure which was approved on Tuesday. Holt said Senate Bill 808
ensures Oklahoma will not be excluded from the 2012 political conventions.
“Both the Republican and Democratic National Committees have
adopted rules that allow only four states to continue to hold presidential
primaries in February, 2012. Failure to comply would mean Oklahoma
could not fully participate in either national convention,”
said Holt. “SB 808 moves our state’s presidential primary
to the first Tuesday in March, the earliest date allowed under the
In 2003 the Legislature voted to move the presidential primary
from March to February shortly after the New Hampshire primary,
in order to attract more candidates to Oklahoma. Since that time,
however, many other states have also opted for February primaries,
diminishing the impact of the move. Under the new rules adopted
by both parties, only Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada
will be able to hold primaries in February.
“Moving our presidential primary to the first Tuesday in
March will keep Oklahoma in compliance with the rules, ensuring
full representation at the national conventions,” Holt said.
“This move ensures we’ll remain relevant and on the
SB 808 now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Holt: (405) 521-5636