North Carolina Republicans have made a decision on how presidential candidates will be awarded delegates in next year's primary, opting against a suggested change.

The decision means the winner of the state's GOP primary will not get all of the state's delegates. North Carolina is one of several states that awards delegates proportionally based on how well they do in the primary.

In 2012, for example, primary winner Mitt Romney took the bulk of the state's delegates, but Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul also earned a handful.

There have been some suggestions among Republicans to join other states where the winner takes all. They argued the move would make the state more attractive to candidates.

The decision to keep the system as is was made during a meeting this weekend in Greensboro. The state GOP was facing a deadline this week to tell the party how it would run the primary.

Last week, the General Assembly voted to move the primary to March 15.

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