President Bush still has more than a year and a half in office, but the race to replace him has been going for months and West Virginia republicans want to make sure they have a say in their nominee.
West Virginia's primary is Tuesday, May 13.
West Virginia’s Republican Party announced its plans for a state presidential convention Thursday.
Instead of folks casting ballots like in every other election, folks will pick delegates who will vote for them. They'll pick these delegates at county caucuses or by online voting during early January.
On February 5, “Super Tuesday,” these delegates will join up with republican leaders from across the state at the convention. They will choose West Virginia's presidential pick there.
Republican leaders say this puts West Virginia in the spotlight because it will now be the 7th state in line to pick its candidate.
Instead of waiting until May, West Virginians will have a strong say in who makes it to the general election.
Not everyone is happy with this decision and some say it takes power from the people.