Gaming the Calendar is the Ultimate Political-Junkie Sport

And in North Carolina and Nevada, conservatives and libertarians are trying to keep the establishment at bay.

Hal James has twice made the two-hour drive to the North Carolina state capitol from his hometown of New Bern to argue a seemingly arcane point of the political calendar: whether the state should hold its primary in early or late March. Before March 15, the Republican National Committee’s rules mandate that the delegates be distributed proportionally. Afterward, it can be winner-take-all.

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