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Jul 18, 2016 11:14 PM

Steinhauser: NH remains first-in-the-nation in GOP primary calendar

NH1 News Political Director

CLEVELAND – The fight is over.

New Hampshire will remain first-in-the-nation in the Republican primary calendar.

Anti-Donald Trump delegates at the GOP convention in Cleveland were defeated in their attempts to force a roll call vote Monday on the adoption of the party’s rules, a move that would have slowed Trump’s nomination.

The move could have also put in jeopardy the early voting status of the carve out states in the primary calendar: New Hampshire, Iowa (the first caucus state); South Carolina (the first southern state to vote), and Nevada (which holds the first western contest)

But after a chaotic scene on the floor of the convention, the uprising was defeated and the party’s rules were approved.

“Any complaints that the rules were unfairly adopted, just forget that basic fact. They didn’t have enough states that wanted to have a roll call. Even if they had, they wouldn’t have prevailed,” Steve Duprey told NH1 News.

Duprey, the longtime Republican National Committee committeeman from New Hampshire and a veteran member of the party’s Rules Committee, was part of the team of top GOP officials and Trump delegates who helped to defeat the anti-Trump forces push for a roll call vote.

“That’s what we call lobbying, that’s what we call whipping persuasion,” Duprey explained.

The adoption of the rules brings to an end a more than year-long fight led by Duprey, and aided by fellow Granite State RNC committee member Juliana Bergeron and NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn, to keep New Hampshire as the first primary in the race for the Republican nomination in 2020.

But the fight isn’t 100% over. The rules adopted by the convention call a commission to meet starting next June that would study the primary calendar, and make recommendations by the summer of 2018.

“It’s over. We won. We’re still going to have to defend ourselves in front the 11 member commission but any changes they recommend will require a 75% vote from the 168 member RNC, so I feel very good about where we are,” he said.

Talking about the victory for New Hampshire, Duprey said “its’ a great night.”

“My work is done, literally with the adoption of the rules. I have nothing to do except enjoy the rest of this,” Duprey added. “Now it’s time to take a little time off.”

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