SC GOP wins a nod for early presidential primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Republicans have won initial approval to keep their first-in-the-South presidential preference primary.

State GOP Chairman Karen Floyd said a Republican National Committee panel recommended keeping early contests in South Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

South Carolina has held the first presidential primary in the South since 1980 and the party notes no one has won the GOP nomination for president without first winning in South Carolina.

The state's primary status makes it a big campaign destination for Republicans.

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