Alabama to join ‘SEC primary’ in 2016 presidential race

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MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) – Alabama lawmakers have voted to join the “SEC primary” as southern states band together to try to get more attention from 2016 presidential hopefuls.

Alabama legislators on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would move the state’s 2016 primary elections to March 1, 2016. Some southern states are trying to build a regional super primary. The SEC primary nickname is a reference to the Southeastern Conference in college athletics.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says he is excited about what the super primary could mean for the state.

The bill now goes to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature.

Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia are already part of the March 1 regional primary. Merrill says he believes additional states will join.

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