Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina will keep its "first in the South" status in the 2016 GOP Presidential primary season.
The Republican National Committee voted Friday to place the Palmetto State ahead of all other states in the southeast in the calendar.
The primary will be held in February.
The RNC also said that only Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina can have primaries in February. States that try to go before those states would face severe penalties.
In 2012, Florida tried to jump ahead in the primary order, leading to all of those states pushing back their primaries into January.