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January 24, 2014

National Republicans today moved to dramatically curtail the process by which they select a presidential candidate, including granting a special exemption to California.

The new rules are meant to shave off months of 2016 infighting by tightening the primary schedule and moving up the national convention. The party would impose strict penalties for states that move their selection dates out of order, such as Florida and Michigan did in recent years.

It would essentially compress the schedule from nine months to five months, from Jan. 1 to about May 15. It also requires a 45-day window between any delegate-selection process and the convention.

But California, New Jersey and New Mexico could keep their later primaries without penalty, and still be seated at the national convention a few weeks later.

RNC Chairman Reince Preibus described the changes as “a historic day for our party.”

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