I will not link to any of the millions of articles on other states moving up their primaries, since I assume if you are into politics enough to come to here, you also know about and have an opinion on the early primary calendar (probably negative). In North Carolina a bill was introduced to move our primary to Feb. 5th but was essentially tabled.
The question that I have is what North Carolina gains by staying at the back of the pack and why does it not attempt to get the benefits of moving up. For years North Carolina has been meaningless in the presidential primaries since they were held so late. Candidates lavished attention and money on Iowa and New Hampshire and the primary was essentially decided within a couple weeks. This year the calendar is even more compact, and North Carolina will be three months behind all of the action.
Likely the two party's nominees will be selected and running general election campaigns by the time North Carolina votes in May. So why does North Carolina relegate itself to being meaningless?