West Virginia Republican Party chairman, Mark Stuart, has indicated that the state party is likely to vote later this month on a proposal to repeat their 2008 method of delegate allocation: a Super Tuesday state convention. The process will begin on January 24 with county conventions to select slates of delegates to represent the counties at the state convention in March.1 Chairman Stuart via Joselyn King at The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
"The first date eligible for state convention is March 6, 'Super Tuesday,' and I would propose that date," Stuart said. "We would be the fifth state in the country to select a nominee. I don't think it will be possible to run for president without coming to West Virginia to discuss the issues."
FHQ doesn't know how much the Republican candidates will pop in to visit West Virginia on such a crowded date with a slew of mostly southern states holding primaries, but that March 6 date may be a better option than gambling on the May 8 state-funded primary and finding it outside of the period in which the Republican nominee is chosen.
The matter of the timing of the state convention will be taken up at the West Virginia Republican State Central Committee meeting on July 22-23.
1 To be clear, those county convention slates will be unpledged, keeping West Virginia Republicans, as was the case with their Super Tuesday convention in 2008, in compliance with national party rules.