Quotes from the news wire:
We deserve a voice as much as any other state, any state that chooses to should be able to have their citizens be involved in the process of choosing the candidate. The other system has made selections from Dole to McCain to Romney, and each of them did not succeed in winning the presidency. We just feel there is a better way of doing this.
We have won a governorship, two U.S. senators and the General Assembly, north Carolina has been one of the leading states in strengthening the Republican Party, and we feel that any sanctions against us would be against a group of people who have made great strides in helping the Republican Party in the Southeast and in the rest of the country.
The logic behind it is that a good number of a people in the southern portion of the state, the media markets there, will already be engaged, since they are here already, it would be smart for us to move forward and have it a week after South Carolina. It's efficiency and reducing the costs of campaign expenses. They will have been here already, the money will have been spent.