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No South Carolina Republican Primary In 2014?

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -

You have a right to vote but not in a primary. Next year, hundreds of thousands of South Carolina Republicans may have no voice in picking their party's nominees.

Instead of having a Republican Party primary next year, it is possible that the state party convention, fewer than 1,000 people, most of whom you've never heard of, would pick the entire slate of GOP candidates for November.

Because of the way the party is structured, it all begins this month, and it's happening very close to your front door.

The presidential primary in 2012 was a national sensation, and in smaller races the Republican primary was the only contested race.

There are big races on tap next year too, including two incumbent Republican U.S. Senators.

They could both face a possible primary challenge but there may not be a primary at all.

"It's possible a convention of less than a thousand people could decide on who the US Senate candidates will be," said former SC Republican Chair Barry Wynn of Spartanburg.

Wynn says there is an effort to select candidates in what he calls "closed smoke filled rooms."

This website, registered by an employee of a prominent Republican consulting firm, says "fringe groups" and "elite power brokers" want to take your primaries away.
 
"I think this is a serious thing that could happen," said Wynn.

We found this site with instructional videos, lists of party meetings, and a rally to the cause.

It's completely legal and within existing party rules and has the support of people like former Greenville party chairman Stephen Brown.

"We're suggesting that the Republican faithful, those who come out to the precinct meetings to elect delegates and become delegates to the state convention, should consider using the convention method to elect candidates in the 2014 election cycle," said Brown.

In March, precinct meetings at the place where you normally vote, allow just about everyone who actually shows up to be eligible as a delegate to their county convention in April.

If Brown and his allies can win enough delegates in enough counties, they can force the state party to abandon the 2014 primary and simply select the November candidates themselves.

Here is a list of precinct meetings from the "We the People" website.  For more information, contact your county party.

Abbeville:

Precinct: March 21 @ 6 PM, one central meeting

Abbeville Welcome Center,

107 Court Square, Abbeville, 29620

Make-Up:  TBA

Convention: April 4 @ 6:30 PM, Same as Precinct Meeting

Aiken:

Precinct: March 14 @ 7 PM, different Precinct polling places TBD

Make-Up: March 21 @ 7 PM, ACGOP Headquarters

Convention: April 20 @ 10 AM- TBA

* Bronze Elephant: April 19

Allendale: 

Precinct: TBA

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: TBA

Anderson:

Precinct: March 18 @ 6:30 PM- multiple locations

Belton Honea Path High School

Williamston Municipal Center

Starr Fire Department

Townville Fire Department

Wren High School

Make-Up: April 1 @ 5 PM, Anderson County Library- Main Branch

Convention: April 15 @ 6:30 PM, T.L. Hanna High School

Bamberg: 

Precinct: TBA

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: TBA

Barnwell: All meetings at Barnwell Library, 40 Burr Street, Barnwell

Precinct: March 11 @ 7 PM

Make-Up: March 25 @ 7 PM

Convention: April 22 @ 7 PM

Beaufort:

Precinct: March 14, 15, 16

Make-Up: March 20 @ 3 PM, Holiday Inn Express, 35 Bluffton Road

Convention: April l 6, 3 PM, Sun City Pavillion

Berkeley:

Precinct: March 9- 4 locations (Click link for details)

Make-Up: March 18, Berkeley Electric Co-Op, 2 Springhall Dr  6pm

Convention: April 15 @ 7 PM, Stratford High School

Calhoun:

Precinct: March 19, 7 PM @ Calhoun County Annex

Make-Up: March 28 @ 7 PM, Cameron Town Hall

Convention: April 2 @ 6:30 PM, Calhoun County Courthouse

Charleston:

Precinct: 3 locations- March 4 @ 6:30 (Click link for details)

Make-Up: March 11 @ 5:30, North Charleston City Hall Chambers

Convention: TBA

Cherokee:

Precinct: March 25 @ 7 PM, New County Administration Building

Make-Up: April 8 @ 7PM

Convention: April 22 @ 7 PM, New County Administration Building

Chester:

Precinct: March 5 @ 6:30 PM,

Chester GOP HQ, 131 Main Street,  Chester

Lowry's Community Center, Lowrys

Rodman Community Center, Rodman

Great Falls Town Hall, Great Falls

Make-Up: March 19 @ 6:30 PM, 131 Main Street, Chester

Convention: April 18 @ 6:30 PM, 131 Main Street, Chester

Chesterfield:

Precinct: March 5 @ 7 PM, Chesterfield YMCA

Make-Up: March 26 @ 7 PM, Chesterfield YMCA

Convention: April 20 @ 11 AM, Chesterfield YMCA

Clarendon:

Precinct: March 16 @ 10 AM- Cornerstone Pentecostal Holiness Church

Make-Up: April 6 @ 10 AM- Cornerstone Pentecostal Holiness Church

Convention: April 20 @ Clarendon Administration Building

Colleton:

Precinct: March 11 @ 6 PM, Colleton Library

Make-Up:  March 18 @ 6 PM, Colleton Library

Convention: April 8 @ 6 PM, Colleton Library

Darlington:

Precinct: March 12 @ 7:30 PM, Music Hall, 1945 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington

Make-Up: April 2 @ 7:30 PM, Music Hall

Convention: April 8 @ 7:30 PM, Music

Dillon:

Precinct: April 2 @ 6:30 PM, Dillon County Library

Make-Up: April 9 @ 6:30 PM, Dillon County Library

Convention: April 16 @ 6:30, Dillon County Library

Dorchester:

Precinct: March 11, 13, 18; 6-8 PM (Click link for details)

Make-Up: March 28 @ 6 TBA

Convention: April 13 @ 9 AM- Summerville High School

Edgefield:

Precinct: March 12 @ 6 PM, Edgefield County Council Chambers

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: April 16, 6 PM, Edgefield County Council Chambers

Fairfield:

Precinct: March 7 @ 6:30 PM, 235 S. Congress Street, Winnsboro

Make-Up: March 11 @ 6:30 PM, 235 S. Congress St.

Convention: April 18 @ 7 PM, 235 S. Congress St.

Florence:

Precinct: March 11, 6 PM @ South Florence High School

Make-Up: March 16, TBA

Convention: April 8, 6 or 7 PM @ South Florence High School

Georgetown:

Precinct: March 4, 5, 6

Make-Up: March 8 @ 6 PM, Georgetown Library

Convention: April 13 @ 10 AM, Georgetown County Justice Center

Greenville:

Precinct: March 25 TBA

Make-Up: April 8 TBA

Convention: April 20 @ 10 AM, TBA

Greenwood:

Precinct: March 4  @ 6 PM, Ninety Six Depot

Make-Up: March 14 @ 6 PM, Ninety Six Depot

Convention: April 4 @ 7 PM, Greenwood County Veteran's Center

Hampton

Precinct: TBA

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: TBA

Horry

Precinct: March 21 @ 6:30 PM 

Make-Up: March 28 @ 6:30 PM, HCGOP

Convention: April 13 @ 10 AM

Jasper:

Precinct: March 14 @ 6 PM, Marine Rescue Squadron

(Millstone Landing)

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: April 11 @ 6 PM, Marine Rescue Squadron

Kershaw:

Precinct: March 18 TBA

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: April 8 @ Kershaw Chamber Building

Lancaster:

Precinct: March 21 @ 7 PM, Mike Williams Builders, 1351 Charlotte HWY

Make-Up: March 28 @ 6:30 PM, Mike Williams Builders

Convention: April 20 @ 1 PM, Mike Williams Builders

Laurens:

Precinct: March 23 @ 6 PM, 1500 Western Square, Suite R, Laurens

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: April 6 @ 10 AM, New Laurens Courthouse, Hillcrest

Drive 29360

Lee:

Precinct: TBA

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: TBA

Lexington:

Precinct: March 4 @ 6:30 PM, 6 locations

Make-Up: March 30 @ 6:30 PM

Convention: April 13 @ 10 AM

McCormick:

Precinct: March 7 @ 5:30 PM

Make-Up: March 14 @ 5:30 PM,

Convention: April 11 @ 6 PM, Hickory Knob State Park

Marion:

Precinct: March 21 @ 7 PM, Beeson Building

Make-Up: March 28 @ 7 PM, Beeson Building

Convention: April 16 @ 7 PM, Beeson Building

Marlboro:

Precinct: TBA

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: TBA

Newberry:

Precinct: March 26 or March 28 at Gardner Insurance Agency

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: April 18, Newberry County Council Chambers

Oconee:

Precinct: March 16 @ 10 AM, 102 WN 1st Street, Seneca

Make-Up: March 23 @ 10 AM, 102 WN 1st Street, Seneca

Convention: April 13 @ 9 AM Seneca High School Auditorium

Orangeburg:

Precinct: March 14 @ 7 PM, Cox Wood Preserving Conf. Room- 860                Cannon Bridge Road, Orangeburg

Make-Up: Regular Monthly Meeting, March 21 @ 7 PM, Rosalia's

Convention: April 6

Pickens:

Precinct: March 21 @ 7 PM, Rosewood Center, Liberty

Make-Up: March 22 @ 7 PM, Rosewood Center, Liberty

Convention: April 4 @ 7 PM TBA

Richland:

Precinct: March 18, National Guard Armory, 6:30

Make-Up: 4th Monday of March @ 6 PM

Convention: April 20 @ 10 AM American Legion Post 6

Saluda:

Precinct: March 14 @ 6 PM Saluda Army National Guard Armory

Make-Up: March 21 @ 6 PM Saluda Army National Guard Armory

Convention: April 8 @ 6:30 PM, Saluda Army National Guard Armory

Spartanburg:

Precinct: March 25 @ 7 PM, various precinct locations

Make-Up: April 1, GOP Headquarters

Convention: April 20 @ 10 AM, Restoration Church

Sumter:

Precinct: March 23 @ 10 AM- regional meetings

Make-Up: April 4 @ 6 PM, 1390 Broad Street, Sumter

Convention: April 19 @ 6:30 PM, 1665 Stamey Livestock Road

Union:

Precinct: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7 PM, Union County Courthouse, 210 West Main Street, Union, SC 29379
Make-Up: Monday, April 01, 2013, 7 PM, Union County Courthouse
Convention: Monday, April 15, 2013, 7 PM, Union County Courthouse

Williamsburg:

Precinct: TBA

Make-Up: TBA

Convention: April 19 @ 6:30, Brown's BBQ, Highway 52 North, Kingstree, SC

York:

Precinct: March 19 @ 6:30 PM- meetings will be held at polling  locations

Make-Up: March 23 @ 10 AM, @ Thursdays Too 147 Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill 29732

Convention: April 13 @10 AM, Baxter Hood Center at York Technical

College, 422 South Anderson Road, Rock Hill 29730

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