So, like many in our country, southern conservatives feel lost in the political process. As if their voice or vote means nothing. This is especially true for those in the deep south. They feel as though candidates, concerned more with the larger presidential primaries have ignored the needs of their states.
This has shown itself to be true as candidates rarely make appearances in such states like Georgia, Alabama, or Mississippi. They concentrate on the states with more delegates to the respective conventions. These states seek to change that this election cycle.
Several deep southern states have band together in an effort to draw more candidates to their states. They will do this by having their respective primaries on the same day. This will set up a primary block in the south. This block would work by preventing the candidates from ignoring the region. If a candidate can put money and speeches together in that state, that candidate could have great momentum going down the final stretch of the primaries to the convention.
The date that these states are seeking to lock up is March 1st. This will place them right behind the larger and leading primaries New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. It would most likely cause other regions to take similar actions to draw the same attention.
The point that these Deep Southern states want to make is that there has been a lack of conservative interest. “This is a conservative area, and conservative candidates would probably do quite well,” said Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett. And that seems more than anything to be the point for these states.
They, like the rest of America, are seeking to get politicians to act on their behalf. They want true representation and not just someone who gives them lip service. They think that the best way to do that is to band together.
In banding together as a group of states during the primary, these states can have an actual impact. Candidates who cannot afford the high cost of advertising in states like Florida or Texas could cheaply and easily campaign in these states. If they can manage to win in all these states, they could stay in the running and have more of a national voice.
As we have seen in the last two elections, the GOP is no longer putting up the candidate who best can beat the liberal progressive, but the one who has the most money to be heard. This “SEC” pact has come about because these states’ values are not being represented.
They see that there is a problem with the way our system is now being operated. The best candidate has no chance unless he/she has vast, and wealthy supporters. There is little chance that we will see “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” any time soon, but it is good to see that there are people making an effort to change the status quo.