Calif moves pres­i­den­tial pri­mary:

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Cal­i­for­nia will move its pres­i­den­tial pri­mary from June to March un­der a bill signed on Wed­nes­day by Demo­cratic Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown, a change aimed at giv­ing the lib­eral-lean­ing state more in­flu­ence in choos­ing can­di­dates from either na­tional party.

The most pop­u­lous US state, which voted heav­ily for Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton in Novem­ber’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, has tra­di­tion­ally held its pri­mary so late that Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can vot­ers in other states had es­sen­tially al­ready cho­sen their par­ties’ can­di­dates.

“The Golden State will no longer be rel­e­gated to last place in the pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nat­ing process,” said Sec­re­tary of State Alex Padilla, a Demo­crat who backed the change, in a state­ment. “Can­di­dates

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